Crape Myrtle Trees

Sticky Crepe Myrtle Tree

Anonymous added on July 25, 2011 | Answered

Our crepe myrtle is dropping a sticky substance. Happens every year. Really bad this year. Tree is in lawn. How much clearing should be around the trunk of tree? 18 inches or more?

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Answered on July 26, 2011

Crepe myrtles normally don't drop sap, so this is likely honeydew from a pest infestation. The most common is aphids. I would treat the tree with neem oil. This will kill the pests without harming people, pets or beneficial bugs. Here is more information:

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