Aphids are hemipterans – true bugs – and they tend to appear in the early- to mid-spring and last throughout the fall. These are small insects that are often no longer than 1/8 of an inch. For their small size, Aphids do a lot of damage to crops. As hemipterans, they have a piercing-sucking mouth which they use to suck plant sap and juices as they feed. That loss of fluid damage and weakens the plant and many succumb to other diseases.
Gardens, Flowers, and Roses
Aphids are pests in our vegetable gardens. They are very fond of common crops such as broccoli or cauliflower. They are some species that are crop specific meaning that certain species of aphid’s attack very specific plants. One such plant is milkweed, which many people plant to attract monarch butterflies to their yard. Monarchs feed exclusively on milkweed.
Aphids are also very fond of roses and will damage a prize-winning rose garden if left untreated. While there is great concern over the use of pesticides and the declining bee populations, there is still help available. Systemic pesticides that are administered by a professional offer very little concern to bees. The problem with the home version of systemic toxins is that they are not diluted to the appropriate levels and people do not measure the pesticide before they use it. Those errors in use are avoidable and a professional will help make sure that the correct ratio of pesticide is used.
Systemics work because the plant takes the toxin up through its roots where it becomes part of the plant sap. Because aphids and other hemipterans use their piercing-sucking mouth to drink plant sap, they ingest the toxin and die. This is not a contact pesticide. It is important that these types of pesticides be used responsibly so as to not cause harm to bees.
If your yard is plagued by aphids, reach out to our professionals so that we can control the population before it gets out of control. If you are concerned about pesticides and bee populations, just give us a call. We are happy to explain our process which is bee friendly.
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