White bugs on citrus trees?

floridian(Zone 10)December 31, 2008

Hi, I hope someone can help me. I have three young citrus trees (one pummelo, one Valencia orange and one Minneola Tangelo) and they have chewed leaves. When I inspected I found some white bugs on them I've never seen before. They are about 1/2 inch long, 1/4 inch wide and look like little weevels. When disturbed they drop to the ground. Does anyone know what these are? How do you get rid of them? Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you!

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zubababy(6b Utah)

does it look like cottony cushion scale? this is what i found on my lemon tree this last week. although, i don't think they eat the leaves. not sure.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 8:33PM
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Call your Florida Co-op Extension Services office in your county. They can help. See the link below and choose your county.

Here is a link that might be useful: FL Co-op Ext Services by County contacts

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 8:36PM
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floridian(Zone 10)

zubababy - nope, definitely not scale, I'm familiar with that... no, my little critters really do look like weevils, 6 little legs and a separate head and all...

tsmith2579 - yes that's always an option... just thought with the holidays it might be quicker to get an answer here...

Thank you both for the quick response! Apparently I'm not the only one skipping the party tonight :-)

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 8:40PM
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floridian(Zone 10)

Ha - mystery solved... Citrus root weevil... found out thanks to another thread on tropical fruit.


So at least I got the weevil part right... and if I'm lucky and I've got the flightless ones (which I think) then I just might have interrupted their cycle by putting a collar and tanglefoot on the tree trunks... Let's hope!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 8:52PM
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    Bookmark   December 31, 2008 at 8:55PM
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floridian(Zone 10)

Hi zubabay - yes, that's definitely the one! Thank you for the link, very helpful, I will try to shake them off into a container with alcohol. I really appreciate your research!

Happy New Year!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 6:27AM
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