A well-trained arborist can identify and effectively treat the Insect & Disease problems. There are many conditions caused by insects or Diseases in trees. A Bode Tree Care certified arborist can advise you about prevalent insect infestation and disease infected areas and the effective course of treatment for each.


Insects Management Programs

Tree insect problems



Aphids are sucking insects that build up to huge numbers on tender new shoots and leaves. A black stain known as “sooty mold” is a problem beneath infested trees.


Aphids active on branch


enlarged view of Aphids


boxelder aphids

Boxelder aphids are light to dark olive-green, and 2 to 2.5 mm long. Wings, if present, are held above the body.


Boxelder aphids over winter as eggs on the host plant. Nymphs hatch in spring and develop into wingless adult females that reproduce without mating and give birth to living young. Several wingless generations are produced during the summer. The final generation in the fall develops into winged male and female adults which migrate to new host plants, mate, and produce eggs.


These sap-feeding aphids cluster under leaves and along stems, and often secrete a sticky sugary substance (honeydew) that covers leaves, branches, and objects below the tree. Molds grow on this substance giving it a sooty appearance. Feeding discolors leaves, may cause premature leaf drop, and can decrease tree vigor. Damaged leaves are yellowish with brown stippling.


Box Elder Aphids


black willow aphids

Black willow aphids are relatively large aphids, 3 to 4 mm in length, that have black bodies and orange tube-like projections (cornicles) extending from the rear of the abdomen. They are found in groups on bark where they feed on sap.


The life cycle is similar to that of the boxelder aphid with several generations remaining on the same host plant. Adults can be found throughout the summer and fall, but they are most abundant during August and September.


Large aphid populations cause premature leaf drop and reduce tree growth.


wingless female adult and nymphs of black willow aphid


woolley elm aphid & woolly apple aphid

Woolly elm aphids are green to dusky gray; woolly apple aphids are yellowish to rusty brown. Mature aphids are 1.5 to 2.0 mm in length.


Woolly elm aphids over winter as eggs that are laid in bark crevices in late fall. In spring, wingless females hatch from the eggs and migrate to newly expanding leaves, where they feed and give birth to live aphids. Up to 200 winged and wingless aphids may be produced by one female. The winged offspring migrate to new leaves, while the wingless offspring feed on the same leaf.


Feeding by nymph and adult aphids causes young elm leaves to swell, fold, and curl around the aphid colonies.


Woolly Elm Aphid damage


Woolly Apple Aphids


Photos courtesy of The Nebraska Forest Service –

Nebraska University www.nfs.unl.edu

Eric Bode

Certified Arborist IL-4572A


Bode Tree Care

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