If you have certain grasses and ornamentals planted throughout your homeowner association’s properties, now is the time to be on the lookout for spittlebugs. They are known North Carolina pests whose activities are evident during the fall months. And they are known to overwinter and remerge in the spring. Therefore, their eradication should certainly be one of the activities on your homeowner association’s landscaping maintenance list.
Although there are many different species of spittlebugs that exist in the world, there is one in particular that has a tendency to vex HOA property owners in Cary, Raleigh and Durham. It’s called the two-lined spittlebug because of the dual lines that are characteristically found on the insect’s back. It differs greatly from the meadow species, which is also found in our area from time to time. They have mottled coloration on their backs as opposed to dual lines.
The two-lined species normally deposits its eggs throughout the summer and well into October as long as the weather conditions are right. After which, the spittlebugs’ offspring will voraciously feed until the heat and humidity drop sufficiently. Then they will burrow into grass or ornamental plant stems and wait until the cold, dry weather dissipates in the early spring. At that time, they’ll continue to feed and potentially reproduce twice before the new year starts.
If not stopped quickly enough, the spittlebugs will leave dead plants, brown spots, blighted leaves and frothy, spit-like masses all over HOA properties well before summer begins. That’s why we urge people to include two-lined spittlebug control and prevention in their homeowner association landscaping maintenance plans now, rather than later. Taking action now will help cut down on those dreaded spring infestations.
To learn more about spittlebug control and other homeowner association landscaping maintenance tasks that should be preformed now, please contact us today.