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Nashville Tree Specialist Reveals How to Detect and Cure Aphids Infestation

Flavio Martinez, owner of Kaily’s Tree Service says the recent summer drought has left many Nashville trees weak and open to disease and pest infestation

Nashville, TN, January 07, 2012 --( Nashville tree expert, Flavio Martinez says trees in Nashville and other Tennessee cities may be vulnerable to infestations from Aphids and other disease due to the recent drought.

Martinez, owner of Kailys Tree Service ( said Middle Tennessee homeowners should watch for diseases and pests or risk losing their trees and plants.

“We just had devastating drought and most trees are still weak. Weakened trees are easy preys to diseases and pests, and homeowners need to be on the lookout,” he said this week in Nashville, Tennessee.

The tree expert said Aphids, also known as plant lice, are small insects that feed on various kinds of plants such as fruits, vegetables, trees and flowers.

“They are approximately 1/8 inch with soft rounded bodies. Aphids can quietly damage your trees, plants and other vegetation without homeowners being aware of it unless they are watchful,” Martinez continued.

Aphids come in various colors including black, red or green. They are one of the fastest reproducing insects. Fully-grown Aphids can produce from three to six nymphs during their month long life span. Because of their ability to quickly reproduce, full infestation can occur in a matter of days.

“Aphids can quickly become very nasty garden pest if left untreated. Their source of food is the sap from plant tissue, which they suck. This causes damage to the affected trees and plants and spreads disease from one plant to another,” he added.

To know if you have an Aphids infestation, the Nashville tree specialist said “the presence of honeydew, a shiny, sticky waste material that is excreted after feeding, is usually a good sign that you have an aphid infestation.”

“The honeydew substance will cover the infested plants or trees and eventually turn into a black sooty mold that attracts large colonies of ants. The best way to determine an aphid infestation is to watch out for shiny sticky substances on your plants and trees and for plant damage including leaf curling, wilting and death of new shoots and buds,” he said.

Kailys Tree Service, Nashville Tree Doctors can help mitigate the effects of Aphids infestation, Call us today at 615-496-1542.

About Kaily’s Tree Service

Kaily’s Tree Services is Nashville’s leading tree service, tree trimming and removal, tree pruning and storm clean-up specialist. We provide professional tree services at competitive prices. Whether it is controlling lace bugs on an Azalea shrub or removing of a hazardous 100' oak tree, we are well staffed and equipped to handle your plant care needs. Call us today at 615-496-1542 or visit us at

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Kaily's Tree Service
Flavio Martinez
343 Willard Drive
Nashville, TN 37211-5059

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