Easily started from softwood cuttings. The crape myrtle aphid attacks only crape myrtles. I’ll address these next week. Dogwood Trees . Q: crape myrtles are cover with a sticking residue. The mold doesn't feed on the foliage. Fortunately, the common Lady Bug can eat up to 1,000 of these little critters a day! 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. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/trees/crapemyrtle_aphid.htm 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. Branches and trunks can be covered in the white scale infestation. They are somewhat susceptible to mildew and aphid attack, both easily controlled. It’s way to full to do each leaf with any soap solution. Found throughout May through September, these tiny insects do damage by feeding on the soft tissues and plant sap of Crepe Myrtle leaves. Aphids are bothersome little insects that eat Crape Myrtle leaves. The new ones are about ten feet tall, the older ones are about 12 to 14 feet tall. Crape myrtle aphids are tiny, only about a 16th of an inch long. However, do not confuse the honeydew and resulting black sooty mold caused by an aphid infestation with that caused by the crapemyrtle bark scale. I’m so bummed. Black Residue on Crape Myrtle Trees. Is this from aphids? If so, should I just spray as I do my roses? Crape Myrtle Aphids are one of the main causes of honeydew and sooty mood on Crape Myrtle trees. Crepe Myrtles Are Covered With Sticky Residue And White Powdery Substance. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia ssp.) (Note to reader: This is seldom a good idea.) Crepe myrtle aphids reproduce rapidly, especially as the weather gets hotter. 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. 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. If you see natural enemies on your Crape Myrtle, you may be able to skip spraying it with pesticide. Blasts of water from the hose also helps keep populations down. Flowering Pear Trees ... completely covered in aphids. There is also a white powdery stuck to the sticky stuff. ... United States . When crape myrtle leaves are covered in sooty mold, the crapemyrtle aphid is the likely culprit. Crape Myrtle Trees . 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