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Galls are swollen areas on trees, usually the leaf, caused by insects. The most common insect culprit is the aphid. These little pests are annoying. They do not do permanent damage, or kill the trees they attack. However, the effects of galls are unsightly and sometimes disfiguring. Galls cause bent limbs, leaf disintegration, and stem dieback. Getting rid of galls requires an attack on the cause of the problem: aphids.
Galls usually host more than one insect invader. They also house bacteria and mites. Inside each gall a unique ecosystem develops with communities of pests in hiding. Getting rid of galls requires consideration to all types of problem pests.
Galls Stay Put
Once a tree has a gall it stays put. There is no way to get rid of a gall. Therefore, the best method of curing galls is preventing them.
Insecticides and miticides designed to kill on contact are best for aphids and other gall creating insects. Aphids hang out on the undersides of leaves and getting spray on insecticides to that area is difficult.
Spray soil at the base of the tree with insecticide in early winter. Aphids hibernate in the dead leaf mounds around the base of trees. Spraying the area with insecticides shows good results in keeping aphids at bay in the summer months. Repeat the application in early spring right before buds appear for extra protection.
Insects to Fight Insects
Lacewings and ladybugs are great predatory insects that destroy aphid populations. Introduce them to your yard, or garden in early spring and they will feed off the young aphids.
Always follow the directions on the label of insecticide products. Impatience and desire to get rid of galls can tempt you to apply more than the product allows. It is illegal to use pesticides in a way that contradicts the instructions on its label.
A cruise ship is a luxurious way to experience the wonders of the Long Beach area. The Pacific Ocean is the backdrop for all things in Los Angeles, California, and Long Beach is a focal point for waterfront attractions. From whale watching, to live bands and great food there is something for everyone who wants to experience Long Beach in luxury.
Hornblower Cruises and Events
Hornblower Cruises provide luxury sailing and champagne brunch including a delicious buffet and continuous champagne. The brunch cruises start in May on every Saturday. Other exciting lunch cruises include a special Mother's Day Brunch Cruise and an Easter Brunch Cruise. All cruises last 2 hours. Enjoy private tables, complimentary beverages and beautiful views of the harbor where sea lions play, dolphins swim alongside the ships, and whales are common sights. For more information, contact Hornblower Cruises and Events at:
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Catalina Classic Cruises
Cruise from Long Beach to the beautiful Catalina Island. Once a military base, off limits to civilians, Catalina is popular as a tourist attraction now. There is only one way to get there, and that is by boat. Catalina Classic Cruises gets you there in comfort. The cruise boards at their dock in Long Beach and you travel in luxury to the island where you can enjoy delicious food at one of the many island restaurants, sight see, play on the beaches, enjoy water sports, or relax on the boat. Catalina Classic Cruises also offer harbor cruises, private party reservations, school and corporate event charters, or holiday parties. The Catalina Classic Cruise ships sail all year round. For more information, contact:
Catalina Classic Cruise
1046 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
Star Party Cruise
Get down and roll with the ocean on a Star Party Cruise. Whether you prefer Blues or Reggae, the Star Party Cruise ships have a cruise for you. Reggae cruises have a Sunday lunch cruise, and all cruises include a BBQ on board for a classic Caribbean feel while you are on the Pacific. Star Party Cruises include live bands, a full bar as you travel through Long Beach Harbor and around Naples Island. Reservations are necessary and parking is free. For more information, contact:
Star Party Cruise
140 Marina Drive
Long Beach, CA 90903