Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals treatments to fight pest

Crape myrtle bark scale study reveals treatments to fight pest

Two years of data collected by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension researchers has helped develop pest management strategies.

March 13, 2017
Phys.org
Pests

The second year of survey data tracking crape myrtle bark scale has provided researchers information they believe will help mitigate the pest's effect on trees, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

Erfan Vafaie, a AgriLife Extension entomologist and integrated pest management program specialist in Overton, and other collaborators in College Station, Huntsville and Dallas, have monitored pest numbers the past two years to help determine crape myrtle bark scale's seasonal life cycle and peak crawler activity. The data collected has helped researchers develop strategies against them.

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Photo: Jim Robbins, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Bugwood.org