Friday, July 15, 2011

Aphid Attack...

It happens every year around this time. Our hackberry tree becomes heavily infested with aphids - causing everything under the tree to become sticky with honeydew. Just in case you're unfamiliar with that term "honeydew," it's the sap-like stuff that these piercing-sucking insects exude from their posterior parts (gross). 

It's so bad that we have to hose off/wash the steps every day to keep from tracking the sticky stuff in to the house. It also makes sitting outside unpleasant. In addition, all of the plants in the yard are covered in honeydew, giving them a shiny appearance. 

We definitely have a love-hate relationship with our hackberry tree. It provides some great shade during the summer but it looks horrible, sheds leaves like crazy, makes it almost impossible to garden beneath it and gets these !@#$ aphids at least once/year.

I'm thinking about spraying them with some insecticidal soap (Safers) using a hose-end applicator. OR zapping them with a chemical pesticide. I hate using chemicals but at this point the environmental tradeoffs seem almost worth it.


I'm open to suggestions...

2 comments:

Pris said...

But it makes your garden and house look like Candyland...ya'll are just missing some shoots and ladders! No constructive suggestions from me.

Anonymous said...

Dont use a pesticide. I agree that these are definitely pests but the pesticide will harm many other organisms besides the intended target. Try using insect tape. It will catch the bugs without the use of chemicals.