Pest Alerts

Jill Calabro, Ph.D. October 08 2019

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale in SC – Clemson University Department of Plant Industry announced in September that crape myrtle bark scale (CMBS) was positively identified throughout the Columbia metro area.  This is the first confirmation of CMBS in the state.  The infestation was described as being ‘extensive’ and likely present for quite some time.

CMBS was first identified in the U.S. in 2004 in the Dallas area and has since been found in about a dozen states.  Movement through the plant trade is the most likely explanation fo...

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