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Subject:  Bugs on crape myrtle
Geographic location of the bug:  Virginia
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 06:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found these bugs swarming all over our crape myrtles. What are they and how do I get rid of them?
How you want your letter signed:  Deb Hammond

Barklice

Dear Deb,
These are Barklice which are commonly called Tree Cattle and they are benign.  They feed on lichens and they will not harm your crape myrtle.  We do not provide extermination advice.

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Subject:  bug
Geographic location of the bug:  sussex- county
Date: 08/30/2021
Time: 05:02 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  They are located on my maple tree in groups thur out the tree. Attaching a picture–Thank you for taking your time out to let me know
How you want your letter signe:  David

Barklice

Dear David,
We suspect you mean Sussex County, New Jersey.  Because of their large numbers, these Barklice look like they pose a threat to your tree, but they are actually quite benign.  They feed on lichens, not on the tree.

Subject:  Wood boring bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Berlin Center Ohio
Date: 07/24/2019
Time: 11:07 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My friend found these on her grandchildren’s swing set wooden post. She wants to know what they are? And if they are poisonous or a danger to her grandchildren. I’ve search every where and can not find anything. She told me that they don’t fly or jump because one of her grandchildren sprayed them with a water gun and they crawled away extremely fast.
How you want your letter signed:  MissMiss91

Barklice

Dear MissMiss91,
These are benign Barklice, and they will not harm your friend’s grandchildren, nor will they destroy the swing set as they are not wood boring insects.  They are often found on the bark of old trees and on old unpainted fences and other wooden structures where they feed on lichens.  Barklice are commonly called Tree Cattle.

Subject:  Striped group
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Indiana
Date: 07/12/2019
Time: 03:39 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  These are moving in a group on a maple tree. horizontal stripes with no wings. Curious as to what they are.
How you want your letter signed:  Kanita

Tree Cattle

Dear Kanita,
These are benign Barklice, commonly called Tree Cattle.

 

 

Subject:  Insect on Carpinus caroliniana
Geographic location of the bug:  Dekalb County, IL
Date: 07/18/2018
Time: 03:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Never seen this on my prairie.
How you want your letter signed:  Jack Pizzo

Tree Cattle

Dear Jack,
We hope our response was not too late to save these benign Barklice or Tree Cattle.  Generally when insects congregate like this, they are plant pests, but Tree Cattle will not harm your tree.  They feed on lichens.

Subject:  Strange bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Beaufort, NC
Date: 05/29/2018
Time: 07:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We have recently seen these bugs on a crepe murtle tree
How you want your letter signed:  Curious

Barklice

Dear Curious,
These are benign Barklice, commonly called Tree Cattle.  They will not harm your tree. 

Thank you so. I hope for the quick reply.  I had previously sent the same photos to our pest control company and they told me the bugs treehopping nymphs that should be eradicated (for a price of course). It would appear that they were wrong.  I did look up about barklice and I know now that I should check the tree to see if it is healthy or not
Thanks again and what a great service this site does