Clover hay-Meadow spittlebug

Philaenus spumarius

Pest description and crop damage Nymphs are recognized easily by spittle mass. Moderate populations can stunt plants.

Management-chemical control

  • malathion (Drexel Malathion 5EC) at 0.94 to 1.25 lb ai/a. PHI 0 days. Limit 2 treatments per cutting. Retreatment interval 14 days. REI 12 hr.
  • zeta-cypermethrin (Mustang) at 0.028 to 0.05 lb ai/a. PHI 3 days cutting and grazing; 7 days for seed. REI 12 hr. Do not apply more than 0.05 lb ai per cutting or 0.15 lb ai per season. Retreatment interval 7 days.