Attack of the icky little bug things


My associate Mackensy Lunsford pointed out to me a horrific sight on our bagel run last Monday morning. Thousands…no, millions…of little white aphidy-like bugs were crawling all over the maple trees just down from the Walnut Street entrance of the Rankin Street Parking Deck; I alerted the city through the Twitter immediately but never heard back. Today, a week later, I went to see if there was any progress. The little bug-things have metamorphosized into little booger-like blobs that aren’t moving. This can’t be good for the trees.

In a city that’s so obsessed about going green, it seems a shame that we can’t take care of the green we got.

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8 thoughts on “Attack of the icky little bug things

  1. Curious

    Why didn’t the reporter find out what the sticky little bug things are? Call an arborist. Call someone at the Forest Service. Where’s the old reporter’s instinct? And instead of Twittering the City, walk down to City Hall and talk to someone.

  2. Cottony cushion scale. Naturally occurring. Not likely to kill a healthy tree, but can be real boogers on house plants.

  3. pff

    [b]This can’t be good for the trees.

    In a city that’s so obsessed about going green, it seems a shame that we can’t take care of the green we got.[/b]

    Good thing you’re a photographer and not an arborist.

  4. James Fisher

    Gotta say – I like a Council member who can call out bugs by name and describe their destructive potential!

  5. They look like mealybugs, to me. Not good. Hopefully they will be discovered by a flock of birds.

  6. Richarad

    another failure to implement diversity training. everything has a place and must feel the love, NOW!

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