They are somewhat susceptible to mildew and aphid attack, both easily controlled. I planted 8 about 9 years ago, then realized four years later that I needed three more. Another striking symptom is the extensive amount of black sooty mold that may completely cover the foliage, branches, and trunks. The crape myrtle aphid attacks only crape myrtles. I’m so bummed. The new ones are about ten feet tall, the older ones are about 12 to 14 feet tall. It’s so bad I just want to burn it down but because it’s one of the earlier breeds, I can bring myself to do it. Crape Myrtle Trees . Dogwood Trees . Very beautiful. If you see natural enemies on your Crape Myrtle, you may be able to skip spraying it with pesticide. Easily started from softwood cuttings. Branches and trunks can be covered in the white scale infestation. Is this from aphids? Crape Myrtle Aphids are one of the main causes of honeydew and sooty mood on Crape Myrtle trees. ... United States . Q: crape myrtles are cover with a sticking residue. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ssp.) Fortunately, the common Lady Bug can eat up to 1,000 of these little critters a day! Sooty mold is a fungus that covers the leaves and looks like you just sprayed your crepe myrtle with asphalt. Blasts of water from the hose also helps keep populations down. However, do not confuse the honeydew and resulting black sooty mold caused by an aphid infestation with that caused by the crapemyrtle bark scale. Note that if it’s the trunks instead of the leaves that are covered in sooty mold, it’s probably crapemyrtle bark scale insects rather than aphids that are causing the problem. Aphids are bothersome little insects that eat Crape Myrtle leaves. It’s way to full to do each leaf with any soap solution. The leaves are shiny and sticky. However, if you don't happen to have a large supply of Lady Bugs on hand, you can spray your Crape Myrtle with over the counter diazinon or malathion, available at most home improvement stores. Flowering Cherry Trees . It is of Asian origin, like the crape myrtle tree itself. Crepe myrtle aphids reproduce rapidly, especially as the weather gets hotter. Found throughout May through September, these tiny insects do damage by feeding on the soft tissues and plant sap of Crepe Myrtle leaves. Crape myrtle aphids are tiny, only about a 16th of an inch long. The mold doesn't feed on the foliage. Crape Myrtle aphids have many natural enemies, like lady beetles and their larvae, green lacewings and their larvae, hover fly maggots, parasitic wasps and certain types of fungi. Crepe Myrtles Are Covered With Sticky Residue And White Powdery Substance. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/trees/crapemyrtle_aphid.htm Black Residue on Crape Myrtle Trees. 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