Pine needle scale is a native pest that affects ornamental pines and Christmas tree plantations.
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Native to North America, pine needle scale (Chionaspis pinifoliae) specializes on pine trees. They pierce pine needles and consume sap. Females overwinter with their eggs, under a waxy covering. Crawlers emerge from the eggs in late spring the following year.
We forecast crawler emergence based on growing degree days. Treatments are often applied when crawlers first emerge from their eggs and before they grow their protective waxy coating. For specific information on preferred treatment options in your region, we recommend contacting your local extension agent. Additional treatment resources are available through Penn State Extension and Colorado State University Extension.
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