Identifying Aphids on Crepe Myrtle Trees
Before implementing control measures, it’s crucial to correctly identify aphids. These tiny insects are usually green or yellow but can also be pink, brown, or black. They have pear-shaped bodies and long antennae. Aphids often cluster on the undersides of leaves, where they feed on the sap of the crepe myrtle tree. Their feeding can cause distorted or yellowed leaves and may lead to the development of a sticky substance called honeydew, which attracts ants and promotes the
growth of sooty mold.