Shrub Juniper berries attacked

Asked June 26, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

At the place I work, we have many shrub Junipers. The blue/silver berries are being hit with something that turns into a white slime. What is it a fungus, or living organism other than fungus. We work at a motel and have many guest daily. what can we do to eradicate. ??? Thanks

Ouray County Colorado

1 Response

Sounds like the handiwork of juniper spittlebugs (Clastoptera juniperina). Nymphs excrete bubbly fluids that look like a spittle mass. These insects do little harm to the junipers. For esthetic reasons, you can remove most of these spittle masses using a forceful stream of water from a hose /nozzle.