Do you have shrubs that are covered with brown, spindle shaped sacks like those in this picture? If so, your shrubs have bagworms and you need to treat now to prevent serious damage.
Bagworms are a type of caterpillar that feed on many evergreen shrubs, especially conifers like Leyland cypress. Treating now will stop bagworms from feeding this year and will help prevent another outbreak next year. Both natural and synthetic pesticides are available to control these pests.
To find out more about controlling bagworms, including what products are available, read the rest of the story on the Pender County Cooperative Extension website, http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=news&ci=LAWN+137.
If you have questions about bagworms, or other garden pests, contact your local Cooperative Extension office. In Pender County call 259-1235, visit our office at 801 S. Walker Street in Burgaw (office hours: Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm), or post your questions online using our ‘Ask an Expert’ widget available at http://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/index.php?page=askanexpert.
Find out more about bagworms from this NC Extension fact sheet: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/notes/O&T/trees/ort081e/ort081e.htm.
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