White Flies, snow bugs, dust fairy, Just a few names for this bug that seems to be everywhere.
"They are called Asian Wooly Hackberry Aphids," says Sid Mullis, of the Richmond County Extension Office.
Asian Wooly Hackberry Aphids...it's a strange name for a strange insect that seems to be covering everything. If you've just started seeing them, they have been here for a while.
"The first discovery was in 1996 in North Augusta, and we had no idea what they were. We had to ship them to Maryland to found out what they were and found out that it was the first sighting in North America," Mullis says.
They are given the name Hackberry due to the fact that the insects feed off of the Hackberry tree, a very common shade tree here in the CSRA. They pose no threat to us, but do cause damage to the trees and leave behind a mess.
"Now through October, they will leave behind a black sticky mold that will cover whatever is underneath the tree," Mullis says.
They are a seasonal insect that arrives in Spring and dies off during October. The Asian Wooly Hackberry Aphid is here to stay and it's just one more bug we have to get used to dealing with.
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