Is there a new Houston pest control problem on the horizon? There may be, if the sugarcane aphids on the northeast Texas sorghum fields start traveling further south.
Aphids, which are small, sap-sucking insects widely regarded to be the most destructive pests for cultivated plants, are the #1 enemies of farmers and gardeners throughout the world. Many of them can reproduce asexually, which is generally acknowledged to be the reason that they can be very hard to control.
This recent problem in Texas is the perfect illustration of how successful the aphid population is at spreading itself; the tiny green pests started this spring in the lower Rio Grande Valley, then moved northward to Corpus Christi; by June, they were invading the farms of the Blacklands.
While it’s true that we are further south, that doesn’t mean we who reside in the Houston area are out of the woods. Aphids are not always very tolerant of heat, but weather experts have predicted that there are still some cold fronts in our future as we finish off summer – and as for this variety, sugarcane aphids, they actually prefer the warm weather. There’s just no telling if they will make their way to our area.
Yes, aphids are tiny – so how do you recognize them? The agriculture experts who are dealing with the sugarcane aphid infestation in Texas describe them as:
- Light green and yellow in color
- Clumped in colonies (a colony of 30 or 40 may only be the size of a nickel)
- Emitting a honeydew-type secretion, which is not common among aphids
If you see them on the plants on your property, contact our Houston pest control company immediately so we can perform an aphid treatment. The earlier were intervene, the better chance we have of successfully combatting an aphid infestation.