Elongate Hemlock Scale

elongate hemlock scale

Eric R. Day, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org

Elongate hemlock scale (EHS) is native to Japan. It was first observed in Queens, NY in 1908. Today it is found in thirteen states, including New Hampshire.

Like hemlock woolly adelgid, EHS feeds on the underside of the hemlock needle, draining tree fluids with its piercing and sucking mouth parts. Trees often die within 10 years.

Outbreaks of elongate hemlock scale often intensify following infestations of hemlock woolly adelgid, drought, or other stresses that weaken trees. Maintaining trees in a healthy condition discourages buildup of this pest.

TOWNS WITH INFESTATIONS - MAP

New Hampshire towns with Infestations - Alphabetical List