Caulotopsbarberi,small plant bugs measuring
about 1/16 0.6 inches (1.6mm) long, attack agaves and other rosette succulents
populations may be found on any given plant.
populations reach damaging numbers in late summer or early fall.
The bugs feed on leaves and cause a light
yellow-tan scar at the point of feeding .
If left untreated,the plant will decline and
Caulotopsbarberimay be controlled by using
insecticidal soap or a broad
spectrum ornamental plant insecticide.
Chemicals should be applied in
early morning or late evening when the bugs are
most active. Several applications of the insecticidal material may be needed
for complete control.