early defense against lace bugs?

Asked January 20, 2019, 8:52 PM EST

Hello Master Gardeners What proactive steps can I take to avoid an outbreak of lace bugs (on the azaleas and rhododendrons) in my garden this year? Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. The answer is difficult because being ‘pro-active’ is ineffective with the life cycle of the insect. I think you’ll see the difficulty if you read the following article: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nurspest/Azalea_lacebug.pdf Please write back if you have other questions. Good luck!