July 14, 2017

What Bugs Us?

Spittlebugs!

Who spit on my plants? If you are asking this question, you have seen the evidence of the spittlebug. Spittlebugs are the nymphs of froghoppers, a tiny hopping insect.  The nymphs emerge in spring to feed on a host plant through the growing season. They secrete a foamy white substance to protect themselves while they are on the host plant. Although unsightly, these bugs do very little damage to the plants themselves. A quick blast with a strong jet of water is usually all it takes to get rid of them. A good fall clean up will help prevent next year’s infestation by removing dead plant material where eggs can overwinter.

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