Azalea & Rhododendron Lace Bugs
Azalea & Rhododendron Lace Bugs target broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons or laurel bushes. The Azalea lace bug was first confirmed in Oregon in the summer of 2009 and can have multiple generations per year. Infestations of Azalea lace bugs leave plants sickly and weak. They turn leaves white due to the damage caused by their feeding.
The eggs overwinter and hatch into nymphs on the bottom side of the leaves. Eggs typically hatch in the spring. The adults can be present through the summer and fall. Plants that are stressed are more susceptible to pest damage. The insect can migrate from one bush to another so infestation is possible if left untreated. Efforts to reduce future generations and prevent damage require early season control. Generally, we recommend treating the infected plants with insecticidal soap, horticulture oil, microbial or other plant based products. For additional control, synthetic insecticides, and repeat applications may be necessary for control.
Learn more about Azalea and Rhododendron Lace Bugs by calling us at 541-688-5987. We’re happy to answer your questions and provide estimates.