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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: black and green tiny bugs Reply with quote

Hi there, not sure but this question might have been raised before.... some of my own and my neighbours plants have been infected by some bug, which seems to be killing the bushes... See photos. Any ideas what to do against them???? Any help very much appreciated!!!! Cheers Juliane


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A heavy Aphid infestation, spray with permithrum or similar, if you don't want to use chemicals, soak some tobaco in water, strain and add some washing up liquid then spray them (after straining the nicotine water).
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks very much for that. I hope it works (the tobacco, washing up liquid solution - I dont like to use any chemicals if possible). Any idea where they come from or how it can be prevented???
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i had some black aphids on my sunflowers a few years ago - i didn't try too hard to get rid of them, because they were being 'farmed' by ants.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yeah, I was thinking of ladybirds - not too fund of ants because they have the habit of wondering into the house... But where would you get a bag of ladybirds??? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The ants farming them could increase the problem. The ants want their numbers to increase so the sweet honey-dew, that the aphids produce by sucking your plants dry, increases. That's what the ants want. Lady birds, especially the larvae, feed on the actual aphid.
The aphids appear from other trees/shrubs etc. Trees like sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus) etc are often covered with them from now onwards. Park your car under a Sycamore and you will find it covered in loads of sticky drops. This is the honey-dew from aphids that the ants farm, it's the waste product from the aphids sucking the sap from plants.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr Middleton supply ladybirds. We are awaiting our delivery to aid the squishing and hosing off of those little blighters.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Juliane, be very careful with the tobacco solution - it's extremely poisonous. Dispose of it carefully after you've done the job - don't try to store it. I believe it can be absorbed through the skin, too, so use gloves etc.
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