How to Get Rid of Wooly Aphids
Now that summer’s over and fall has begun, t’s that time of year in Tennessee when you start to see what appear to be little fuzz balls floating around. They just look like they might be lint or some other type of fabric from your clothing or furniture floating around. If you look closely, though, those fuzzy things are really an insect called the wooly aphid.
Wooly aphids appear to be fuzzy because they are covered in a waxy substance. The bugs themselves are blue or green.
Wooly aphids are harmless to humans, and they rarely cause much of a problem. However, it is possible that they could cause a significant amount of damage to your yard and plants. You may have to then get rid of wooly aphids.
Wooly aphids live in groups, and these groups can get rather large. As they feed on the plant life around your yard, you may notice some leaves and grass become shriveled and curly. Here are some other signs that you may need to get rid of wooly aphids:
- Yellowing of leaves
- Poor plant growth
- Curling and gnarling of branches
- Cankers on branches and roots
- Sticky residue
- Soot-like substance on plants
If these are becoming a problem, there are a few natural ways you can get rid of wooly aphids. These include insecticidal soap, neem oil, or even removing infected branches. These methods may get rid of wooly aphids on their own, but this is not necessarily the case. You may have to get professional help to get rid of wooly aphids.
If you’ve tried the methods above and still can’t get rid of wooly aphids, it may be time to call Absolute Pest Control. Call us at (615)220-1933 or click here to schedule an appointment.