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Spittlebug Alert

October 9, 2013
by Rick Brandenburg

Spittlebugs have been especially abundant this year, and have been reported in both warm and cool season turf. Although they rarely cause damage, it might be a good idea to do a little scouting and make sure they are not causing a problem this year. The two-lined spittlebug adult is a black insect with two prominent yellow lines across the wings. The insects are named for the spittle-like liquid mass that surrounds the nymphs. These white masses can be found on the grass, and the adults tend to fly a short distance when disturbed.

For more information on spittlebug scouting and control: www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Insects/Twolined_Spittlebugs.aspx