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Red twig dogwood

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From: Susan Heeg
Aurora, IL
Hello, my husband just was pruning, and he brought in a problem to show me. There are places in the crooks of the branches with white gooey liquid and inside of the goo, there looks like there is a larva or egg or bug of some kind, a light beige color. They are all over. At first I thought the white was sap from the pruning, but it is on those not pruned yet, and each glop of white goo has a little something in it. What do we have and how do we treat it? Thanks so much! By the way, in the spam box, I only see a white box and a number, so I will put in the number.

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From: Richard Hentschel
Extension Educator, Horticulture
DuPage/Kane/Kendall Unit
Hello, I suspect that this is an insect called spittle bug. the bug creates the small mass of liquid and air creating as you describe a gooey liquid. Spittle bugs are rarely damaging to a plant and no treatment is needed. you can use a forceful stream of water and dislodge them

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