Night Blooming Jasmine Pest
Greetings all. What are the absolutely disgusting little black leggy little insects all over the night blooming jasmine. I tried researching this evening and I found a picture of what they are and it was identified as some kind of treehopper nymph. But research on that bug didn't provide similar pix.
They are obviously destructcive. They always eat the new growth. They are also accompanied by ants, but I don't know if they are a problem or not.
I was planning to get rid of this plant, but after ruthlessly pruning it way back and thinning it out it's now got 5 standard branches and is 8 feet tall. I love the shape and it's just the thing for a very ugly nw corner and provides a nice area for shade plants.
Will insecticidal soap work? Or pyrethrins? Something tougher? Thanks, Kristine