Aphids on Ornamentals

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Aphids on Ornamentals

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Aphids are very common insects. They overwinter as eggs which hatch in the spring. During the year, winged forms will migrate to different plants. The insects injure plants by sucking juices and infecting healthy plants with diseases they pick up from unhealthy plants. A sticky excrement called honeydew drips on and coats the leaves and objects below the infestation. A black fungus called sooty mold will grown on the deposited honeydew. There are many types of aphids attacking a large variety of host plants.

Natural controls include ladybugs, particularly the larvae. The larvae do not resemble adult ladybugs. They are black with blue spots and are elongated with pointed abdomen.

Pesticides labeled for use against aphids are diazinon, Orthene, Sevin, malathion, or rotenone. Dormant oil sprays in the spring will control overwintering stages.

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Aphids plus winged adult - 12K Aphids, ants herding aphids - 24K
Aphids on rose - 25K Aphids on crepe myrtle - 33K
Aphids on crabapple - 32K Pine bark aphid - 31K
Sooty mold on liriodendron - 32K Sooty mold on crepe myrtle - 28K
Sooty mold on podocarpus - 49K Wooly alder aphid - 29K
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