Have You Been Seeing White Little Fluffy Bugs? It’s a Woolly Aphid

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 Woolly aphids have been spotted all over our county in the past week. They produce a sweet sticky honeydew as they feed on trees. Sooty mold then grows on the honey dew creating a moldy appearance. They do not cause any permanent damage, therefore treatment is not practical for large trees because of the high cost of hiring a professional. When large trees are infested it is impractical for a homeowner to treat. You may spray with water to remove the aphids. The first frost will kill the remaining population. For more treatment options: 

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Maintaining a healthy plant will help prevent further insect infestations. Watering regularly and soil testing to identify nutrient needs will help greatly. 

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Photo of Lauren HillLauren HillExtension Agent, Agriculture - Horticulture (704) 920-3320 lhdunca3@ncsu.eduCabarrus County, North Carolina
Updated on Oct 12, 2017
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