What Are Aphids?
These tiny pests can do a great deal of harm to the beauty of plants in a very short time. Usually present in large numbers, aphids literally suck the sap from the leaves and growing tips of plants. Curling, distortion, and stunting can result. Aphids also secrete honeydew, a shiny, sticky substance that drips over the plant parts and attracts ants. To make matters worse, a black fungus (called sooty mold) often grows on the honeydew.
- Because aphids move from plant to plant and regenerate quickly, they are hard to control. Insect sprays will lower the populations to a non-damaging level. If aphids do not respond to sprays, call your lawn professional.
- To get rid of honeydew and sooty mold, simply wash it from your plants with your garden hose.