Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects, which are usually 2 – 4 mm long. They attack in large groups and suck the sap right out of young shoots and flower buds or underneath older leaves.

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There are many different species of aphids which vary in colour from green to yellow and black. Aphids attack fruit trees, roses, camellias, chrysanthemums other ornamentals and a wide range of vegetables.

Symptoms to look out for:

How to stop aphids

Insiders Tip:
Look out for natural predators such as ladybirds and parasitic wasps. The tiny wasp lays eggs inside the aphid giving it a hard light brown shell like appearance. The ladybird larvae which looks like tiny bird droppings are actually voracious eaters of aphids. Both of these predators will reduce aphid numbers rapidly once they arrive.


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