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 (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, Mustang Maxx) Mustang at 0.035 to 0.05 lb ai/A; Mustang Maxx at 0.0175 to 0.025 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 of Mustang or 0.025 lb ai per cutting and 0.075 lb ai per season of Mustang Maxx. Retreatment interval 7 days.