We realize that there are many different types of Scale insects, but by far Magnolia Scale is the most prevalent these days.
This year, we are getting inundated with phone calls from homeowners whose magnolias have Scale. Their trees are developing blackened branches and leaves, and the shrubs, perennials, concrete, decking and deck furniture under them are also turning into a black, sticky mess. A black fungus called ‘Sooty Mold’ develops and grows on anything the dripping sap lands on.
These insects are sucking the moisture and nutrients out of these trees; and left unchecked, this can result in the death of the tree.
This problem will only worsen year to year as the insects will mate this Fall and leave behind Scale offspring which will overwinter and spread heavier again next year.
Check the undersides of your Magnolias branches. If you spot this Scale, give us a call. We would be happy to stop at your home to inspect your trees and leave you more information regarding treatment and pricing.