Yellow Poplar Weevil
Recently I’ve noticed in Southeastern Ohio damaged leaves on Yellow Poplar, Sassafras and Magnolia trees. This has also generated several calls to our Extension Offices. The cause of this damage is the yellow poplar weevil. These are tiny insects only about 2/16” long and are sometimes thought to be ticks at first glance. Older trees will normally sustain the attack of these pests, but if you have newly planted trees in your landscape you may want to apply an insecticidal treatment. The following links have additional information and control strategies: http://entomology.osu.edu/bugdoc/Shetlar/factsheet/ornamental/FSyellowpopweevil.htm, http://bygl.osu.edu/content/yellow-poplar-weevil-2.