This driveway is ͞wet͟, but not from water! It is the result of a badly infested hackberry tree. The tree’s leaves are covered with whiteflies. These tiny insects feed by extracting water from the tree’s leaves while at the same time introducing toxic saliva into the tree. As they feed, they excrete a substance called honeydew. This is a syrupy substance that ͞rains͟ down onto whatever is below the infected tree – sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, cars, etc. Besides being extremely sticky and an eyesore, the honeydew causes other problems. Not all of the honeydew falls to the ground. Some of it remains on the leaves where it encourages mold growth. Also, ants are attracted to honeydew, as are bees and wasps thus creating a secondary infestation on and around the tree.
How can you fix this problem? The bad news is that by the time you notice the problem (usually in late summer) there isn’t much you can do to stop it. To stop whiteflies and aphids from infesting your plants and trees, you must do preventative maintenance. This means having Woodland-Davis Termite & Pest Control, Inc. inject your tree or the soil around your plants with an insecticide in the early spring. This insures that the material will be available to the trees and plants when they start to leaf out. The chemical remains in the leaves throughout the year and when insects try to feed on them they die.
If you are seeing sticky stuff like this at your home, please give us a call for a free quote.