I noticed my Euonymus was slowing becoming more transparent, and upon closer...

Asked May 14, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

I noticed my Euonymus was slowing becoming more transparent, and upon closer inspection found a number of leaf notchers eating away at my bushes. What can I do to get rid of them before they completely defoliate my bushes and how can I help my bushes recover?

Fairfax County Virginia

1 Response

The Euonymus leaf notcher can be a pest of euonymus shrubs. Eggs hatch in mid-March into early April. The damage can be recognized as notching along the leaf margins and shredded leaves. Small infestations can be removed by hand or pruned out of the shrub. Bt var.kurstaki can be used soon after the caterpillars have hatched from the eggs. It is only effective on small caterpillars. Bt can be found in farm supply stores or in a garden or nursery center. There are many different manufacturers. See our website for photos and more information http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/invasives/euonymus-leaf-notcher
Euonymus are pretty hardy shrubs, Keep them well watered during dry periods.
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