What is eating my crepe myrtle?
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People also ask, what animal eats crepe myrtles?
Several predators feed on the crape myrtle aphid. These include ladybird beetles (ladybugs) and their larvae (immature forms), green lacewings and their larvae, hover fly maggots, parasitic wasps, and entomophagous (insect feeding) fungi.
Additionally, how do you treat crepe myrtle scales? He suggests two treatment options – contact spray or systemic – for landscapers or residents who have identified signs of crape myrtle bark scale based on data. Trees can be treated with a contact insecticide spray as pest numbers peak, followed by another treatment two weeks later, he said.
Likewise, do crepe myrtles attract flies?
crape myrtle only feed crape myrtle. Since they feed on phloem –the sugary fluid produced by photosynthesis in the leaves – they produce a lot of sticky honeydew. Honeydew attracts ants, flies, wasps and other insects.
How do you treat aphids on crepe myrtles?
Attract beneficials to help provide control. Spray the tree with a molasses solution (2 ounces of molasses to 1 gallon of water) and then release lady bugs (available at some garden centers). You also could treat with neem or a horticultural oil. Once the aphids are gone, the sooty mold will gradually disappear.