The Q&A Archives: Pests on Honeysuckle

Question: All last summer we struggled with some kind of mite on our honeysuckle plants. We sprayed them with soap water and garden sprays. Nothing worked. So in the fall we cut them way back hoping this will help. These bugs are white in color and when squished stain everything green. Please help!

Answer: Insecticidal soap is effective against honeysuckle aphids and mites but repeated sprays are necessary. Mites like dry dusty places so you can discourage their presence by periodically hosing off your honeysuckles, making sure the water penetrates deeply into the foliage and stems. Spray insecticidal soap on the remaing vines now, to suffocate the insect eggs hiding over the winter months, then wait a few weeks and spray again. If you see new pests feeding on your plant, spray insecticidal soap again. Remember to completely hose off the vines every few weeks to discourage mites. Following this maintenance schedule should keep your honeysuckle as pest free as possible. Enjoy!

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