I have great respect for the work that Preservation Tree does. I know that their professional Arborists are working to give our oak trees the best care possible. ”- Clare M.
Leo and his crew did a great job on removing the Magnolia. They let me take pictures and gave me a slice of the tree for a table top. That was very sweet and special to me. ”- Jean C.
Because many of our urban trees are stressed from heat, improper watering and lack of fertilization, they are more susceptible to pest problems. Aphids are one of those pests.
Aphids are commonly found on crapemyrtles, post oaks, bur oaks, and American elms to name a few. These tiny insects are hard to see but they can cause some heavy damage on already stressed trees. Aphids suck moisture and nutrients from the leaves, then leave behind a sticky substance of excrement and waste called honeydew that can attract other pests.
Aphid fun fact! Almost all aphids are female. Males are generally only present in late summer. The females give live birth to a genetically identical “daughter” through asexual reproduction.
The best defense against aphids is a healthy tree that is properly pruned, watered and fed year-round. If your trees are looking lackluster and you’re noticing blotchy damage to the leaves, you may have an aphid infestation. Now’s a great time to schedule one of our certified arborists to check on your trees. Early diagnosis and a care plan is your best defense against tree damage from pests and disease.