The Q&A Archives: White 1/4inch sticky stuff(?) on holly leaves and branches

Question: I don't know what in infecting my holly bush. The bust is growing and appears to by healthy. I need some information of how to get rid of disease. Thank you.

Arleen Magda

Answer: What you describe sounds more like an insect pest than a disease. Mealybugs are small insects which cover themselves with a cottony mass that is sticky to the touch. They tend to congregate where leaves attach to stems and where stems attach to branches, but can be found nearly anywhere on a plant. Mealybugs can be controlled with applications of Sevin, Malathion or Insecticidal Soap. Best wishes with your hollies.

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