Branches and trunks can be covered in the white scale infestation. The mold doesn't feed on the foliage. Instead, it grows on sticky honeydew secreted by sucking insects like aphids, scales, and white flies that do feed on the leaves. Crape Myrtle Trees . However, do not confuse the honeydew and resulting black sooty mold caused by an aphid infestation with that caused by the crapemyrtle bark scale. 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. Another striking symptom is the extensive amount of black sooty mold that may completely cover the foliage, branches, and trunks. 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. Very beautiful. (Note to reader: This is seldom a good idea.) If you see natural enemies on your Crape Myrtle, you may be able to skip spraying it with pesticide. They are somewhat susceptible to mildew and aphid attack, both easily controlled. When crape myrtle leaves are covered in sooty mold, the crapemyrtle aphid is the likely culprit. 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. Black Residue on Crape Myrtle Trees. Crape myrtle aphids are tiny, only about a 16th of an inch long. entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/orn/trees/crapemyrtle_aphid.htm Crepe Myrtles Are Covered With Sticky Residue And White Powdery Substance. Dogwood Trees . Aphids are bothersome little insects that eat Crape Myrtle leaves. The leaves are shiny and sticky. I’m so bummed. Q: crape myrtles are cover with a sticking residue. Is this from aphids? It’s way to full to do each leaf with any soap solution. Flowering Pear Trees ... completely covered in aphids. Sooty mold is a fungus that covers the leaves and looks like you just sprayed your crepe myrtle with asphalt. Somewhat slow growing for a crepe myrtle. Found throughout May through September, these tiny insects do damage by feeding on the soft tissues and plant sap of Crepe Myrtle leaves. is a deciduous shrub or tree that ranges in height from 3-foot dwarves to towering trees of 50 feet. The crape myrtle aphid attacks only crape myrtles. 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. I planted 8 about 9 years ago, then realized four years later that I needed three more. I’ll address these next week. The new ones are about ten feet tall, the older ones are about 12 to 14 feet tall. Blasts of water from the hose also helps keep populations down. Crepe myrtle aphids reproduce rapidly, especially as the weather gets hotter. 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