Bug Killing Azaleas and Rhododendrons

azalea lace bugEUGENE, Ore. — A warning for those who own azaleas and rhododendrons.

If your plants are looking a little under the weather, a new pest might be to blame.

Experts say the azalea lace bug is relatively new to the Northwest. But at Hendricks Park in Eugene, they’ve been in the area long enough to cause some major damage to some of the plants.

“They’re going to have to get out there and start looking on the underside of the leaves, and you’re going to look for little black spots, or even insects under there. And if they start to see those, then it’s time to make some decisions if they want to do some treatments,” said Brooke Edmunds, Community Horticulture Extension Assistant Professor.

Horticulturists recommend neem oil or special soaps to try to get rid of the bug.

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