The crape myrtle bark scale (Acanthococcus lagerstroemiae) is a recently introduced pest from Asia that initially infested crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia spp.) in Texas during 2004. Since then, it has spread rapidly through the movement of plant material. The pest is currently in 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. It is one of the only scales known to infest crape myrtles.