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A tiny insect that lays a string of eggs around a plant's branches has been identified as the first new garden pest for 2019.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said the cotton stringy scale was spotted on a magnolia in Berkshire.
Pest - English - Conditions
It is thought the pest started thriving in English conditions after being imported.
Experts claim the host plant is unaffected by the presence of the animal, besides being made unsightly by the mass of eggs.
Problems - Host - Plant - Unsightliness - Egg
It is not currently thought to cause any problems for the host plant beyond the unsightliness of the egg masses.
Its eggs resemble a white wrapping around the branches, the horticultural experts said.
Gardeners - Look - Bugs - Trees - Shrubs
If gardeners cannot bear the look of the bugs on their trees and shrubs they can remove them with a stiff brush and water.
The RHS has also...
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