Gillen Pest Control can help
you keep you trees healthy and insect free. With the use of
our high power rigs we are able to reach to top of almost
any tree. We can dormant oil your fruit bearing trees in the
late winter to eliminate the over-wintering insects and
treat for those persistent web worms in the fall. Whatever
insect or fungus is invading your tree, we can help.
Aphids and Ball Moss are two very common calls we receive.
There are several different species of aphids. The common
ones we deal with are the Crepe Myrtle aphid, the
Black-marginal aphid and the Yellow Pecan aphid.
Gillen Pest Control has a program that can help control
aphids and prevent the sticky mess they make. Give us a call
to discuss a treatment that will work for you.
This aphid specifically infest crepe myrtles hence the
name. The adult and nymph stage of this insect suck plant
juices from the underside of leaves they infest. The sticky
substance eliminated by the aphid is called honeydew.
Leaves coated with honeydew become infested with a fungus
called sooty mold, which produces a dry-looking black
coating on the leave surface. Heavily discolored leaves drop
Aphid/Yellow Pecan Aphid
These aphids live on pecans. They remove sap from the trees
leaves. Heavily infested trees have leaves that become
coated with honeydew. Honeydew helps with the development of
the sooty mold fungus. This black layer reduces the leaves
ability for photosynthesis. Many times items under infested
trees have a sticky film on them.
Are your trees infested with a moss that looks like this?
Ball moss is not actually a moss. It is an epiphyte, a
bromeliad. It has a profusion of fleshy slender round
leaves, which stick out in all directions giving it a spiky
ball look. It is capable of getting its nutrients and
moisture from the air in order to survive. It is not known
to kill its host (usually trees) but it may become so dense
that it possibly restricts normal bud development.
Ball moss blooms every spring, resulting in tiny purple
flowers which form a seed pod that bursts allowing the seeds
to spread. The spring when the plant is blooming is the time
for treatment. It may take several years of spraying to
completely control the ball moss.
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