Garden Pest and Plant Disease Listing - AP
APHIDS (Greenflies): These insects have fat, teardrop-shaped bodies in various colors, green being the most common. These pests suck on the young leaves and flowers at the ends of stems excreting honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold. The honeydew can be washed off with a spray of water. These pest multiply rapidly, but are among the easiest of the pests to kill. The least toxic chemicals are insecticidal soap and diatomaceous earth. Lacewings and ladybird beetles (ladybugs) are excellent biological methods of control. To prevent infestations, new plants should be quarantined and inspected often before setting with the other plants.
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