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July 2015 News


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Ginko tree leaves

High populations of scale insects are drawing attention in Chicagoland. The insects, commonly called lecanium scales, feed on the sap of a variety of trees including maple, oak and many others.

Symptoms: The signs of scale infestation are often noticed before one sees the insect itself. Most noticeable is the sticky, wet substance on understory plants. This material, known as honeydew, is excess fluid that is excreted in copious amounts as the insects feed. Understory leaves and other surfaces may be lightly speckled with the shiny drops of honeydew, or they may be heavily coated with the sugary secretion and appear as if covered with shellac.

Ginko tree leaves

Ants, wasps and bees are attracted to the honeydew, and sooty mold fungus sometimes grows on this substrate, blackening the foliage, twigs, and bark, along with cars and other objects beneath scale-infested trees. Dieback of twigs and branches and premature leaf drop may result as heavily-infested trees compete with scale insects for necessary moisture.

Appearance: Lecanium scales can vary in size and color but are generally oval in shape. Females molt several times before reaching adulthood. With each molt, the female's body grows bigger, while her legs and antennae become proportionately smaller. By the time of the second molt, the female scale, with her hardened, brownish, hemispherical body, is incapable of moving from the spot on which she has become fixed. Male scales are delicate, flat and nearly transparent.

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Control Scales with Transtect

TranstectTranstect™ is a soil applied, systemic insecticide that provides season long control of a broad spectrum of pests. It's unique properties provide rapid uptake and efficacy. Transtect can be used for a variety of situations where fast results are needed including recovery treatments on infested trees.

Comes in Easy-to-Use Water Soluble Packets!


  • Transtect is the only systemic insecticide that controls both soft and hard shell scale. No more field diagnosis of scales!
  • Field studies have shown superior control on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid infested trees and controls Hemlock Elongate Scale at the same time
  • Provides fast uptake and control of pest problems
  • Excellent spring and early summer treatment for season long control

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Dylox Grub ControlGrub Control

DYLOX® provides fast-acting control of surface-feeding and soil insects, including white grubs, mole crickets, sod webworms and cutworms. Not wasting any time, Dylox works immediately after irrigation or rainfall, and penetrates thatch up to 1/2-inch thick when watered properly, providing grub control within 24 hours. Under normal conditions, Dylox controls the pest and then degrades quickly. There are no Dylox restrictions regarding turf species or sites for landscape and recreational-area uses.


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Arbormectin is a patent-pending formulation created to provide fast uptake and broad-spectrum control of some of the most difficult pests arborists face. Emerald ash borer, Conifer Mites, Pine Needle Scale, Japanese beetle and gall wasp are all controlled through a single treatment.

Arbormectin is for control of mature and immature insect and mite pests of deciduous, coniferous including, but not limited to, those growing in residential and commercial landscapes, parks, and forested sites. Arbormectin contains the active ingredient emamectin benzoate has a Caution signal word and is formulated to translocate in the tree's vascular system when injected. This product must be placed into active sapwood and will actively


Tree Watering Bags

Tree Watering BagsTired of standing next to a newly planted tree with a hose and seeing most of the water running away from the tree into the grass? Then make your job easier and more effective --- use a National Seed Tree Watering Bag! The National Seed Tree Watering Bag distributes approximately 20 gallons of water around the base of the tree over a 4-6 hour period. This allows the water to be absorbed into the ground rather than run off. This is very useful when planting a new tree or watering a young tree in the dry time of the year.

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Mark Your Calendar!

ILCA Summer Field Day

WEDNESDAY, August 5, 2015 Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Rd Wheaton, IL 60189

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Contact your sales rep for more information

Tom Breier: (630) 417-9054

Tim Breier: (630) 417-9056

Dan Breier: (630) 417-9055

Mark Breier: (630) 417-9057

Kevin Spiller: (630) 903-5240

Steve Holm: (847) 804-7814


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