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New video dissects how to treat bark scale

DALLAS — A new video by a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist gives viewers step-by-step instructions on treating trees for crapemyrtle bark scale, or CMBS. “Maybe its worst feature is that it produces a sugary excrement that makes the leaves sticky,” said Dr. Mike Merchant in Dallas about the pest. “It turns the beautiful honey-colored trunks of crapemyrtle into black sticks and also appears to reduce blooms and weaken some trees.” His video on controlling CMBS is available at https://tinyurl.com/merchantbarkscale. It provides examples of infested trees as well as instructions on selecting, mixing and applying the proper treatments. Discovered in North Texas in 2004, CMBS is relatively new to gardeners in the southern U.S., Merchant said. It is a small, white, sap-feeding insect that lives on the bark of crapemyrtle trees. “The good news is we now have some strong insecticidal control methods for CMBS and we are seeing more natural control with the help of beneficial insects,” Merchant said. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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