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Category: Pests & Disease

Q: I have a sago palm that is covered with insects. The fronds actually look as though they are covered with snow. What insect is this?

cycad aulacaspis

A: The insect may be a scale insect called the cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui. It apparently originated from Thailand but it is kept in check overseas by local parasitoids. Of course, here in the U.S. this scale… Read More

Q: Pesticide labels give a percentage of active and inert or other ingredients with percentage numbers. I understand the active part but what does inert or others mean?

pesticide

A:   I am answering this question by using information from the EPA government website.  The EPA issued Pesticide Regulation Notice 97-6 after comments from the public indicated that consumers thought “inert” meant “harmless”.  Inert ingredients have not been… Read More