crepe myrtle - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by oliverg1
October 1, 2009
There are dead leaves and what appears to be a web (no spider sighted)in several areas of the crepe myrtle. What is this and what should I do?

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2009


Webbing between the stems and the leaves can indicate spidermites which is common in the late summer. Spidermites like dry dusty places. It's late in the season so your crepe myrtle will lose its leaves soon. Rake them up and remove them from the garden. Next year you can discourage the pests by periodically hosing off your crepe myrtle with plain water. If the pests persist you can control them with insecticidal sprays. Hope they don't return!

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