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Why is my Tree Making a Sticky Mess?

Have you ever noticed the leaves on your tree appear shiny as though someone sprayed them with shellac? Or maybe the hood of your car is covered with fine droplets like it was misted with a sticky material? Maybe there is a trail of ants marching up the trunk of your tree. Or maybe, those shiny leaves are turning black. If you have observed any of these changes to your tree then you have experienced life with aphids! 

Click here for the details on this problem from the arborists at Traverso Tree Service.  Photo credit to Dirk Pons, CC by 2.0.