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Barbados Cherry is under attack! Ahhhhhhhhhh!

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Okay, spring is here.. I went out to check on the growth of my Barbados Cherry tree.. It's covered in growth alright.

Any suggestions? I was thinking I should dust with DE as soon as things dry out but those little scale (Aphids?) things don't move around.. yet. They just sit there..
There doesn't seem to be any damage to the leaves.. yet - but I'm sure this tree will be devoured in short order given the quantity and diversity of the bugs inhabiting it's new growth.

I decided to leave it alone for now in hope that predators move in to clean up some of the mess. I did see a few Lady Bugs and a Golden Tortoise Beetle milling about but they weren't actively eating anything.

I'll probably go out this weekend to manually remove some of them if the population hasn't been reduced by other means.
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Spray the tree with soapy water. add 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing soap per quart of water. Soak the little buggers and they should start dropping like "flies."
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