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Aphids - A Sticky Nuisance

Have you ever parked your car in the shade under a large, overhanging tree only to find when you return that the tree has dripped a sticky residue onto your car? Well, before you run off to your nearest hardware store to purchase a saw and cut the tree down, you should understand what the real culprit is: Aphids.

Aphid Infestation

Aphids are small, pear shaped, soft bodied insects that feed on plants through needle-shaped noses that pierce plant stems, leaves, and tender plant parts. Aphids feed on fluid within the plant, causing the leaves of some plants to curl, yellow and distort. In addition to damaging the appearance of plants, aphids can also transfer diseases from one plant to another.

While a small number of aphids normally do not cause much damage to trees and plants, aphid control can be difficult because of their rate of reproduction. Each individual aphid can reproduce as many as 80 new insects in one week. Aphids also like to feed in groups, so if not controlled, they can take over a plant in short order and cause the sticky tree substance, referred to as “honeydew”, to build up on the underside of plants and trees until it drips onto your freshly washed car.

Another reason why aphid control is so important is that they can spread rapidly. Even though most aphids are wingless, once a tree has become overpopulated by feeding aphids and the food source has been depleted, a generation of winged aphids will be produced, allowing them to migrate to another food source. The only thing worse than having aphids create a sticky mess of one of your favorite trees or plants, is having them make a sticky mess out of two - or even your entire garden.

For help with getting rid of these sticky intruders, contact us today at  (877-944-9007) or click to request a Free Estimate. Our lawn and tree care experts can help you park worry free.