Gainesville Lawn Pest of the Month: Black Sooty Mold / Holly Scale

Many of our clients recognize a black moldy soot covering their hollies in their landscape and wonder what it is. The 'black sooty mold' isn't a fungus, although it is a symptom of a Gainesville lawn pest. It is the secretion from a pest known as scale that releases a sticky substance that dirt sticks to, causing the black fungus-like appearance. The scale pest can be treated with a contact or systemic insecticide as well as organic treatments.

To reduce insecticide use, our team will use horticultural oils in the cooler months to control this common landscape pest. In the warmer months, the best method is systemic insecticides that are soaked into the plant and kill the scale as they Feast on it's nutrients.

If you come across a Gainesville lawn pest or Gainesville, Florida landscape pest, please don't hesitate to let us know if we can help. Contact our office at (352) 378-5296 and one of our technicians would be glad to assist you. We are a locally owned and operated lawn pest control service proudly located in Gainesville, Florida.