Invasive Elongate Hemlock Scale Found on Holiday Evergreen Decorations

Have leftover wreaths, boughs, swags, or other evergreen decorations? If so, please place them in a plastic bag and dispose in your garbage cart.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has found elongate hemlock scale on evergreen decorations purchased in Minnesota. Elongate hemlock scale is an invasive insect that threatens the health of our evergreen trees. 

Please DO NOT compost, burn, or transport your leftover evergreen decorations. While burning them on the premise may be suitable for rural areas, evergreen branches are extremely flammable and we strongly discourage Saint Paul residents from burning them in the city or transporting them to another location for any reason. 

Elongate hemlock scale has been found in the eastern U.S., Michigan, and Nevada. It had previously not been found in Minnesota. Please help us prevent this insect from establishing itself in our beautiful evergreen trees. 

Looking to dispose of an entire holiday tree? Saint Paul residents who are a part of the Citywide Garbage Service can put out a live holiday tree (less than 6 feet, under 20 pounds and no decorations) with their regular collection to be disposed of at no additional cost between Jan 2-15, 2019. Trees (NOT wreaths, boughs, swags or other evergreen decorations) may also be taken to Ramsey County Yard Waste Sites that accept trees.