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Category: Pests & Disease

Q:  In my neighborhood we have several Sabal palms, which are planted in common areas that are covered with a snow-like fungus.  What is it and how can we treat it?

palmetto scale

A:  The snow-like covering on your palms is not a fungus but an insect called Sabal Palm Scale or Palmetto Scale, Comstockiella sabalis.  This insect is a common, native insect pest of palms, especially Sabal palms.  Females give… Read More

Q: I am finding brown streaks across my St. Augustine grass and I am seeing the same problem in some of my neighbor’s yards too. What could be causing this problem?

chinch bugs

A: Since we talked on the phone and you had several neighbors willing to meet, I went to your subdivision and conducted an extension program called “Troubleshooting Landscapes.” Once I saw your lawns it appeared to be chinch… Read More

My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers. How should we best rid our lawn of these pests?

armyworm

Q: My husband just came in from cutting the grass and he noticed some small tan-colored moths and some larger brown ones, also a few grasshoppers.  How should we best rid our lawn of these pests?  I assume… Read More