Spruce aphids

Alaska Division of Forestry Area Forester Hans Rinke hosted a presentation/Q&A on Wednesday, April 19th at The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. He gave an update on the spruce aphid infestation first reported in Homer in 2015. Rinke says no live spruce aphids were found during their most recent sampling.

Peninsula Spruce Threatened By Aphid

Apr 4, 2016
Courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

Spruce trees are under attack in the Kachemak Bay area. Tiny insects called spruce aphids are draining sap from the trees leaving tell-tale signs of damage. Spruce aphids are not usually found on the Kenai Peninsula and their sudden appearance is making residents worry for the health of their trees.