Blackwelder column: Pest destroying shrubbery

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 13, 2012

SALISBURY — Leyland cypress and arborvitae have the potential to become seriously damaged or killed outright by bagworms. Cooperative Extension has received calls earlier this week complaining about the insect, which is now feeding at a rapid rate.
Homeowners with Leyland cypress, arborvitae and other conifers need to check their shrubs carefully to determine if bagworms are indeed present and actively feeding.
Bagworms first appeared about nine years ago on Leyland cypress and other evergreen shrubs.

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