Aphids are small soft-bodied insects commonly known as blackfly or greenfly. The main symptoms are yellow leafing, leaf distortion and sticky upper-surface of leaves. Aphids can be controlled either with Chemicals or Non-Chemicals.
Aphids - Symptoms and how to get rid of them!
Ants are frequently associated with aphids and may be assumed to be feeding on the insect when they are in fact feeding on the sugary honeydew and will defend aphids from attack by predators. Ants therefore need to be managed to gain control of the aphids.
Scientific name: aphids
Plants affected: majority of plants, usually soft new growth.
Main symptoms: various; leaf distortion, leaf yellowing, sticky upper-surface of leaves, white skins on upper-surface of leaves and possible black sooty mould from sticky honeydew produced by aphids
Most Active: all year round at 10C up to 35C, if temperature is lower they may enter diapause (a type of hibernation for insects and mites).
SB Invigorator for treatment of a wide range of small insect and mite pests. It is formulated as a long chain molecule which effectively smothers and suffocates the target organism. More actively mobile insects and mites such as predators and parasitoids can easily break the surface tension of the spray allowing them to survive and continue attacking the pests.
Written by: Neil Helyer, IPM Specialist, Fargro Ltd.
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