Crepe Myrtle Has Worm Shaped Powdery Substance

Question From: L. Boykin - Etowah, North Carolina, United States
Q: My CM has worm looking things that hang from two of the four trunks, when I touch it it falls like powder.

A: Sounds like your CM had powdery mildew and possibly aphids, which produce a sugary substance. The liquid may be picking up the powdery mildew forming worm-like drips. Yuck. I suggest you call in a professional - a certified arborist for an on-site inspection. Call 800-733-2622 or go online at to find one in your area. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy