Bug Watch: Two spotted mite and azalea lace bug
Photo - Linda Ross
These two insects feed under the azalea leaves, causing a mottled discolouration on the topside of the leaves. You can see evidence of mite activity under the leaves and in signs of webbing on young leaves. To control the pests, use a systemic pesticide, such as Confidor, Conquer or Maxguard, or place a Confidor tablet in the root zone of each azalea for six months’ protection.