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Sunday - July 22, 2012

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Pests, Trees
Title: Sticky material dripping from tree in Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

The tree in my backyard is dripping what I surmise is sap - a thick,[email protected] sticky substance in July. What kind of tree is it and is there anything one can do prevent this from happening? Thank you for your help!

ANSWER:

Please read this previous answer on aphids. We have no idea what your tree is, aphids attack everything and they seem to be unusually bad this year in Austin.

 

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