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Learn about the lime-green Aphids!

Acyrthosiphon_pisum_(pea_aphid)-PLoSDid you wear wear green this past St. Patrick’s Day? There are many green types of attire, including shirts, hats, and pants. Some people cannot get enough of it! However, one green thing that many homeowners many not want to be near is the lime-green aphid. Aphids are troublesome pests that are found in numerous areas, both inside and outside the house. They are known to eat plant matter and they can be frustrating for gardeners if infestations are not taken care of quickly and efficiently.

Common Characteristics

The larger aphids are typically only 10 millimeters large, and they are identified by their bright green bodies. In addition to bright green, other common aphid colors include brown, pink and black. They typically swarm in clusters when they feed, and they are soft-bodied without any large protective carapace or shell. They are often found feasting on leafy greens, and they like to congregate underneath the leaves to avoid direct sunlight and unwanted predator attention.

Life Cycles

Aphids are most active during the warmer months of the spring and summer. They are known to live between a few weeks to a few months, and their lifespan typically depends on the abundance and quality of food available. Aphids are tricky because they work together to avoid predators. They hide while they feed, and if they detect an unwanted presence, they create chemical signals that warn other aphids in the area of the predator. If allowed to live on the plant for too long, they can cause serious damage to the plant's body.

Control Methods

Apart from pesticides and other chemical treatments, one of the best ways to control aphid infestations is to release their natural predators into the environment. Ants and ladybugs are both common predators, and introducing ladybugs into the system is a good way to stave off aphids before significant damage manifests. Lady beetles and soldier beetles are two other common predators that feast on aphids. Users need to carefully control the predator population when releasing them into the garden, as the predator bugs can quickly become unwanted pests themselves if they do not disperse.

Professional Help

Want to learn more about the lime-green Aphid, or any other type of pest? Contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.

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