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Keeping Trees and Shrubs Healthy With Professional Pest Control

July 19, 2018


Most homeowners associate frustrating pest problems with the common problems that insects and rodents can create inside their homes such as contaminating food, being destructive to personal property, and even damaging the structural integrity of homes. But, the South Florida pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen are here to remind you that pests can be just as frustrating and damaging outdoors as they are indoors, especially when it comes to the trees, shrubs, and other landscaping on your property. Tree and shrub pests populations are at their highest during the summer season and being aware of their presence is important in order to protect the beautiful trees and shrubs that you have carefully selected for your property.

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The most common species of tree and shrub pests that we have living in our area of Florida include:
 

Sri Lanka Weevil

 
These pests are small white and gray insects; they have distinctive black eyes and two antennae. Sri Lanka weevils are damaging to many varieties of fruit trees, citrus trees, ornamental plants, and upland cotton. The adults cause damage to the foliage, while the larvae damage the roots of the tree or plant.
 

Aphids

 
Aphids are extremely tiny, pear-shaped insects that range in color from black to green or yellow. These pests attack a wide variety of plants but are particularly attracted to young growth. Aphids suck the juices from the plant and trees leaves that they are infesting, and will also attack and damage plant roots.
 

Soft Scales

 
These tiny pests are circular or oval-shaped, wingless, and lack a separate head. Soft scales are attracted to ornamental plants, Hollies, landscape shrubs, and trees; they are often found attacking the leaves and stalks of the plants that they have infested.
 

Mealybugs

 
Mealybugs are small, soft-bodied insects that are covered in white filaments and are usually pale pink or yellowish color. Though these pests prefer to feed on ornamental plants, shrubs, and landscape trees, they are not picky and can be found infesting almost any plant. Mealybugs are very destructive and will attack all plant parts.
 
Tree and shrub pests can cause a whole host of problems for South Florida property owners. They can inhibit plant growth, cause plant death, cause mold and fungus issues, cost crop growers and greenhouse owners millions of dollars each year, attract other pests to your property — aphids produce honeydew which many other insects feed on, and, of course, ruin your once beautiful and lush landscaping!
 
The best way to keep your property’s trees and shrubs happy and healthy throughout the entire year, including during the summer months when tree and shrub pest populations are at their highest, is to put a professional pest control service into place. At Nozzle Nolen, our dedicated professionals will come out to your property, inspect your trees and shrubs, and help you determine the appropriate course of action to protect the trees and shrubs from pests and eliminate any current infestations. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help protect your South Florida property’s trees and shrubs from damaging pests!



 

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