Plants Beware: Experts are calling it the Year of the Bug

While the lack of hard frosts this spring made for lovely, blooming plants, it has also led to an incredibly large insect population in our Casper landscapes. This insect problem can be devastating to your trees, gardens and flower beds. The Rodolph Brothers, experts in landscaping and tree and lawn care, have already found many trees here in Casper that were completely covered by nutrient-sucking Aphids, Plant Bugs, or Spider Mites in numbers likely to cause serious damage. [image: Inline image 3] *Infected Honey Locust Tree* The key to keeping your landscape thriving is to take some time every week to go into your landscape and make some observations. *Look for:* 1. Sticky substances on the patio furniture, vehicles, or on the leaves of plants below them. These secretions are being produced by the insects sucking on the leaves of your plants. 2. Leaves falling off. This is usually a sign of a severe infestation. 3. A subtle yellowing or mottling of the leaf surface. Finding this will require some studious observation. If you find some leaves that resemble this you should hold a white sheet of paper under the branch and shake it vigorously. Then examine the paper closely to find some mites the size of a speck of dust. You will see them when they start moving. 4. Holes in the leaves. There are numerous plant bugs that will eat some holes in the leaves which is not too alarming as long as the leaves don't get so many holes that 1/3 of the leaf is consumed. Most of these insects that cause these four symptoms are easy to control once they are found, but if they are left unnoticed the consequences can be devastating. If you happen to notice any of these symptoms, call or email the Rodolph Bros. to help you control them so that your landscape can continue taking advantage of this nice, long, growing season. #sponsored #oilcity #news