Woolly Aphids on Fruit Trees

When we saw this white stuff on one of our apple trees, we completely over-reacted and sawed the branch off thinking it was a mould or infection that needed to removed.

In fact it is a colony of woolly aphids (also known as American blight) that suck the sap from the tree bark and create a protective white fluff around them.

Friends recommend spraying the aphids with water with some detergent in it to drench them (or if you’re feeling mean use some diluted methylated spirits which dissolves the fluff…)

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