Milky substance

Asked June 30, 2020, 8:41 PM EDT

My lilac bushes have small blobs of a thick white milky substance all over them. I thought a bird pooped at first, but the globs are all over all my lilac bushes. They were not there on Sunday. What is it and how to fix it.

Yates County New York

1 Response

Hi and thanks for writing. It appears you have spittlebugs which are the immature form of froghoppers. They do very little damage, if any, and often don't stay around long before they morph into adults. You can wash them off or just be amused by theduring their short visit. Here is some information about them:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/19/science/spittlebugs-bubble-home.html