The latest problem I discovered last night were these little black aphid-looking things the ants seem to be herding. They're all over the hops and the cherry trees. Any thoughts on getting rid of them?
A very dilute soap and water solution in a trigger spayer should do it.
(10mL liquid dishwashing soap to 4L water)
Also, predatory insects. Ladybugs, praying mantis, aphid wasps, etc. It might be too late to build nests for the aphid wasps, but IIRC it is basically a block of wood with 3/16" holes drilled in it. I don't know if you get those bugs there though. For ladybugs, can you buy them there? If so, a little honey water with bee pollen mixed in sprinkled over the plants will encourage them to stay until they find the food. If they are already there leave them alone, and google images of larval ladybugs - I killed a few before I figured out what they are and that they eat a lot of aphids. Also look up images of eggs on the bottom of leaves, when those little suckers hatch they eat a ton of aphids so you want to make sure you are protecting them. The eggs could be confused with aphids, at least around here. We get two different kinds green ones and grey ones. The green ones are hard to spot, the grey ones stand out.
Anyway, I'm a fan of the predatory insects if you can encourage them to take up residence in your yard. No idea what is around there though.