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Susan Patrick

In July the two crape myrtle street trees became infested with aphids due to water stress and began dropping leaves and dripping honeydew. My neighbor offered the services of her pest control man, and I politely refused because messy as it was, I was sure some water would solve the problem. It took about a month for the trees to recover, but in the meantime the ladybugs showed up (and hopefully soldier beetles) and so did the birds. By the middle of September the trees were showing new growth and the dripping stopped. Meanwhile no insecticide meant the good bugs were thriving on the aphid bounty and the birds were feeding their chicks insecticide-free bugs. I am glad I resisted the short term fix to spray and want to remind all the other readers that sometimes the simplist solution is the best.

Kelly

I have these in my Noe Valley garden also, and used to think they were harmful until I looked them up. I've seen some also that were much darker, but have the exact same shape.

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