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Crepe myrtle infested with yellow jackets

Kim Fagan- Callow
5 months ago

i have a crepe myrtle which is five years old, this year it didnt flower. It is INFESTED with yellow jackets and i suspect now, that its also infested with aphids. i am attaching a photo, please help!

also, please note due to construction in the yard we began using soaker hose in that garden. i suspect the stress of not enough water or too much water is what stressed the tree to get the aphids.

how do i know if my soaker is delivering enough H2O?

last night i did an application of homemade insectical soap but im not sure i got enough of the bottom of the leaves. but today, there are still hundreds of yellow jackets on the tree!

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