Gardeners, be on the lookout for pest

Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

The azalea lace bug was first confirmed in Oregon in 2009 by OSU researchers after it was found in Washington in 2008.

"On the East Coast, it's caused significant damage, and since it's been here ... I've seen a lot of damage," said Weston Miller, an OSU Extension horticulturist.

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