crepe myrtle pests

jamiecrouseJune 3, 2010

I just returned after a couple weeks of vacation to find my healthy crepe myrtle completely infested. It appears to be both a fungus and an insect (aphids?) I've sprayed it twice now with an organic pesticide, but I'm worried that the problem is beyond the power of this little spray. Any suggestions? I prefer organic solutions as a rule, but I really want to save the tree. I can't believe how bad it got in only a few weeks. Please help!

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I think you cant get rid of it. I remember my grandma crepe myrtle use to have the same problems. She spray it with something from home depot. It got rid of it but it came back. The dark pink one is the only one that had that problem though. She had white, red, and the dark pink ones. The other ones were not infected. All 3 of the pink ones were infected though. I try to get rid of them by spraying water or by removing it by hand lol. I was a little kid then. IT was kind of sticky.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 7:26PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Looks like you've got white flies and fungus. I'd give those leaves a blast of Neem oil with a hose end sprayer. Yes, some crepe myrtle seem more susceptable than others, but it will recover.

This link suggests spraying with plain water and/or insecticidal soap.

Here is a link that might be useful: White flies and fungus on crepe myrtles ...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 9:36PM
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