The Q&A Archives: Insects on Pansies

Question: I started gardening last year, and the pansies I planted got some tiny, soft bodied brown bugs on the undersides of the leaves. Were they aphids? Being a beginner, I did not know what to do, and after trying various non-pesticidal measures the pansies died. What should I have done, and what can I do this year?

Answer: They were most likely aphids. In general, soft-bodied pest insects can safely be zapped with insecticidal soap (available at garden centers and greenhouses). Some gardeners like to leave a few pests in the garden to encourage their natural predators to take up residence, and keep a natural balance. If you have a severe infestation, though, pull out the spray bottle of soap!

If you want to learn more about plant pests and diseases, visit our <a href="">Pest Control Library</a>. Best of luck!

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