How can I control Aphids?
Aphids suck the life out of trees and shrubs. Aphids are very common on crape mrytles, roses, river birches, and camellias. They produce an excrement called honeydew that will attract bees and ants. Aphids can be controlled by using Merit. This is a systemic insecticide that is absorbed into the leaves. We can spray Merit 2 or 3 times during the growing season to help control all leaf eating insects. Aphids also will laying eggs in the winter, to set the cycle for the spring. We can spray horticultural oil that will suffocate the eggs before they hatch in the spring. The Merit and Horticultural oil will work to control aphids, white flies, Japanese beetles, lace bugs, and scales.