Aphids are a very common insect that attack all types of trees including fruits and maples, by feeding on the sap leaving behind a sticky residue on the leaves. Aphids multiply very quickly, which is why it is best to have a certified Arborist address the problem immediately.
Symptoms of Aphids on Trees:
-Yellowing or curling of the leaves.
-Sappy substance on the leaves, indicating that the aphids have began feeding on the sap.
-Black sooty mold covering the tree, from the honeydew, the most common symptom.
-Presence of ants or ladybugs who feed on the aphids.
-Deformation of the leaves or flowers.
If you have noticed any or all of these symptoms of aphids on your trees, it is important to contact a fully insured tree service with a certified arborist to give a proper consulation on your trees, as this infestation can easily spread and can be hard to treat after negelgence for an extended amount of time. In the meantime, however, there are some home remedies proven effective for this problem including:
Mixing dish soap with water and applying it directly to the trees and leaves of the affected areas can be short term fix for the aphids on your trees.
Hosing the tree down with cold water has proven to also be effective by simply washing them off.
Organic neem oil, found at your local gardening store, is a very commonly used substance by gardeners for all types of insects.
Introducing large numbers of ladybugs or ants to your trees will eliminate the problem as they feed on the aphids themselves.
The absolute best thing to do for your trees if you have noticed an outbreak of these pests is to contact North American Tree Service and have a certified Arborist come out to assess and evaluate the overall health of your trees and provide you with a written plan of tree treatments to prevent insects in the future. Tree fertilizations in Watkinsville, tree trimming in Watkinsville and Insecticide sprays in Watkinsville are a very affordable, easy fix for your tree insect problems.