Crape myrtle pest topic of Saturday talk

Crape myrtle bark scale looks like white or gray encrustations. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Crape myrtle bark scale looks like white or gray encrustations. Photo by Kathie Rowell.

Have you checked your crape myrtles for the new pest that’s disfiguring trees in our area?

Symptoms of crape myrtle bark scale include white scaly encrustations and extensive sooty mold along limbs and trunks. Heavy infestations can result in trees so black they appear to have been burned. Both the number and size of blooms on infested trees will be decreased.

LSU AgCenter forester Ricky Kilpatrick will share information on how to identify it, treat it and prevent it at a 10 a.m. talk Saturday, Sept. 20 at Akin’s Nursery, 5901 E. Kings Highway, Shreveport.

Kilpatrick, based in Bossier City, says he gets calls almost daily from homeowners seeking information about the pest. “It’s popping up everywhere,” he said.

Admission to the Akin’s talk is free, but seating is limited so registration is requested by calling 318-868-2701.

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