Scouting for pests: Spittle bug
May 22, 2009 - Author: Raymond Cloyd, Kansas State University Extension, Department of Entomology
Editor’s note: This article is from the archives of the MSU Crop Advisory Team Alerts. Check the label of any pesticide referenced to ensure your use is included.
spittlebugs are 6 to 8 mm long and black, brown or yellow with distinct
red eyes. The adults may possess orange bands on the wings, depending on
the species. Nymphs are cream-colored with brown heads and red eyes.
Generally, spittlebugs don’t cause significant plant damage, although
they may stipple leaves.
A hard water spray will quickly remove spittlebugs from plants. Contact
insecticides may be used, although their effectiveness is often reduced
by the frothy covering, which prevents the insecticide from making
contact with spittlebug nymphs or adults.
Editor’s note: The information in this article is from MSU Extension publication E-2981, A Pocket Guide for IPM Scouting in Herbaceous Perennials. The publication can be ordered through MSU Extension: http://ipm.msu.edu/perennials.htm