Help! Infestation. What is it?
Mornin Fellow Gardeners,
I need your help! I am attaching a photo that clearly shows the giant infestation I am having on my heliopsis. The little larvae/mites/suckers are bright red and totally cover the entire stem on most of the heliopsis, summer sun. My first thought is red spider mites. Not sure, and not sure how to get rid of them. I have been wiping them off, shaking them off, spraying them off and about to use neem. First I would like to know what they are. I have searched the net, and haven't found anything similar. I'm relying on you guys. This is the first season I have EVER seen anything like this. Normally the heliopsis is the most healthy of all the plants. Even though they are covered (and I mean covered) by these, they still appear to be ready to bloom. Mystifying. Any comments, ideas, suggestions? All welcome. Thanks. Debra