Have You Been Seeing White Little Fluffy Bugs? It’s a Woolly Aphid
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:
Maintaining a healthy plant will help prevent further insect infestations. Watering regularly and soil testing to identify nutrient needs will help greatly.