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White bugs on citrus trees?

Posted by floridian Zone 10 (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 31, 08 at 19:01

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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RE: White bugs on citrus trees?

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.

RE: White bugs on citrus trees?

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

RE: White bugs on citrus trees?

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 :-)

RE: White bugs on citrus trees? - Mystery solved

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!


RE: White bugs on citrus trees?

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!

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