Cape Tree Preservation

Lecanium Scale Infestation

ALERT: Cape Oak Trees Threatened

What is Lecanium scale and why is it an issue?

Lecanium scale is a sucking insect that exhausts the oak tree of precious food reserves by piercing the leaves, extracting sugars, and excreting “honeydew”. This sugary sap is a nuisance to cars, decks, walkways, patios, stoops, and the understory plants beneath the oaks. Everything underneath the tree becomes slippery when wet, and an added nuisance of a sooty mold starts to grow on top of the honeydew sap.

If left untreated, Lecanium scale could cause death to your trees.

Cape Cod oaks have been under attack by multiple insects (Winter Moth, Oak Gall Wasp, Gypsy Moth) and drought for the past several years, making them fragile and susceptible to this new pest. The infestation has now been found all over Cape Cod. Luckily, we have an organic remedy for the pest and are treating properties now.

How do I know if my trees have Lecanium scale?

Look for blackened leaves on your oak trees and twigs with small, raised hard shells. Each insect shell can have 1000 - 5000 eggs that will suck sap from the leaves and branches causing devastating harm and even death to the tree. Starting now, you will see a sticky substance coming off your oak trees and covering anything underneath.

Blackened leaves caused by Lecanium scale.

Blackened leaves caused by Lecanium scale.

Lecanium scales on an oak branch.

Lecanium scales on an oak branch.

Save Your Oaks Today!

Online Price: $198, option to add a Tick Treatment for an additional $49 (reg. $99)
Regular Price: $220

Our remedy consists of a blend of organic soaps and oils to kill the pest and save the tree. Applications are being done through August.

For properties up to ½ acre of recreation area and wooded perimeter; includes shade trees and ornamentals. Read more about Lecanium Scale here.

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