Why Are My Crape Myrtles Black? The Answer May Surprise You.

So often, customers have concerns about their crape myrtles mysteriously turning black for no apparent reason. Unsure if their prized crape myrtle has a disease or if chemicals are to blame, they quickly turn to the internet to look for what is causing this issue. Unfortunately, you can’t read too much into everything you see on the internet. Spotting a link that attributes the black discoloration of their crape myrtle to mosquito and other pest control solutions, it’s easy to see how incorrect information can be interpreted as gospel.

So, why are your crape myrtles turning black? The answer is aphids. Aphids are tiny, almost invisible to the naked eye insects which thrive on crape myrtles. The notion that mosquito and pest control treatments are the cause of crape myrtles appearing black is completely false. While performing a barrier treatment, the insects which prey upon aphids are knocked down. When the aphids immediately come back to their favorite crape myrtle, they begin to ingest the crape myrtle’s sap and as a result the aphids secrete honeydew which quickly turns to sooty mold. Sooty mold is specifically what you’re seeing when your crape myrtle appears black and discolored.

The good news is that Columbia SC aphid control is also something Mosquito Squad of Columbia specializes in. If your crape myrtles are black and discolored, we will remove the aphids and will also clean your crape myrtles simply using soap and water. By cleaning your crape myrtles off, they will be washed completely of the sooty mold and will look as good as new. Now knowing exactly what causes your crape myrtles to turn black, it is best to leave the removal of aphids to the professionals, Mosquito Squad of Columbia.