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Symptoms

When nymphs are present, bay tree leaves thicken and curl at the margins and turn yellow. The discoloured areas later dry up and become brown. Another sign is white whooly wax and sticky honey dew which fouls foliage. This can also lead to a further problem with sooty moulds.

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The damage is caused by an insect, the bay sucker, sucking sap from the young leaves. The winged adults are greenish brown and about 2mm long, and they overwinter in sheltered places. The young nymphs which can be seen in May are flattened wingless insects, whose bodies are covered with a white fluffy material.

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Bay sucker

Question from kate

Hi, I have 4 bay trees and I think they have bay sucker .... I have cut off the offending leaves but they keep coming back .. and they have now moved to my peppers and affected my mint and lemon balm. Is there anyway you can get rid of them without having to resort to destroying them ? I really want to save them ... Thank you for you help in advance !

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  • Posted: Sat. 25th June 2011 18:19
  • Last reply: Thu. 30th June 2011 14:35