How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Pest identification and confirmation—Spittlebugs

Adult spittlebugs look like leafhoppers and readily jump or fly when disturbed. The presence of immature spittlebugs is easily recognized by the frothy white mass that nymphs surround themselves with.

An adult leafhopper
An adult leafhopper
Frothy white mass
Frothy white mass

Spittlebug adult
Spittlebug adult


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