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Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that often occur in clustered colonies. They suck sap from the phloem vessels in leaves and reduce tree vigor. Watch for curled and sticky leaves due to honeydew excreted by the aphids. Black sooty mold is a fungus that may grow on the honeydew staining the leaves and fruit.
About 4,400 species are known, all included in the family Aphididae. Around 250 species are serious pests for agriculture and forestry as well as an annoyance for gardeners. They vary in length from 1 to 10 millimetres (0.04 to 0.39 in).
Some of the many varieties of aphids:
What can Arborcare do for me?
We offer tree and shrub sprays as well as soil systemic insecticide treatments for aphids. The treatment options can vary depending on the time of year type of tree you have. In most cases (maples, aspens, fruit trees) we would recommend a minimum of one spray in the springtime when the insects are most active to help prevent leaf damage and to reduce the production of honey dew. In other cases soil treatments can be done in the spring or fall to combine treatments for other insects such as scale and borers.
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