Ah, here it is Friday again and I am posting about bugs. This is getting to be a bad habit.
This is something that usually happens in late April for us. Aphids are a cool season pest for us, so we will get them in late April (usually) and then again in the fall. I most often ignore them completely because they are usually only on new leaves and once it warms up, I will have a nice robust population of ladybugs to deal with them.
Well, we have had record cold so far this June so I decided that I had better take some preventative measures until the ladybugs got here.
What did I do? I dragged a hose down to this garden and hosed off the plants.
This is the result. The aphids are almost all gone. You can see that the front shoot has been hosed off and the back one has not–it is still full of aphids.
I would probably not have done it if I hadn’t seen aphids with wings. That told me that the population was so high that it was about to move on to other plants. Since only half the rose garden was affected at this point, I thought it best to try to keep it that way.
Aphids are freaky insects. They are all female and they can be born pregnant with the next generation already waiting to be born.
They come in various colors to better blend with your plants, but green and black are the most common by me.
They are born wingless, but when the population on a particular plant gets too high, they’ll grow wings and migrate to a new plant.
Luckily, they are quite easy to hose off. And once they are knocked down, they don’t generally return to trouble the plant. So I don’t expect to have to deal with this again–at least until fall, at which point, I usually just ignore them.
Yes, they are like science fiction . . . and the parasitizing wasp larvae that eat them from the inside out are like the movie ‘Alien’!
Sort of like the critters that eat the tomato hornworms–on a tinier scale. I guess that’s why they always say that the truth is stranger than fiction.