You may have noticed a bit of a sticky residue on your cars or the sidewalks in Regina. It’s all thanks to a big influx of aphids in the city.
The warm, dry weather is perfect for the insect, which has prompted many Regina residents to call the city about the high numbers of aphids.
Russell Eirich is the Manager of Forestry, Horticulture and Pest Control. He agrees it’s bad this year.
“It’s a crazy year for aphids,” Eirich said. “Aphids are a hot weather insect and they are taking juices out of the leaves and they are creating a honeydew residue. And residue is on the leafs and trees.”
Eirich admits with the drought we’ve experienced in the Queen City, the aphid population has exploded. He says the insects take the juices out of leaves and create a honeydew residue.
“At a certain point, the residue cannot stay on the leaves, “Eirich said. “There’s just too much and it starts to drip off. It drips on our cars and the sidewalks. All of it is from the aphid honeydew.”
In July, the city released thousands of ladybugs in an attempt to combat aphids, but it may have been a losing battle.
Eirich recommends residents spray their trees with cold water in order to flush out the residue left behind.
“Simply go out with your hoses and spray some cold water onto leaves of the trees,” Eirich said. “If we had rain, it wouldn’t be as noticeable. The rain would have literally just given the trees and shower and flush that out.”