Green Bugs - Knowledgebase Question

Tonawanda, NY
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Question by Aikfletch4
July 22, 2000
We are having a problem with I believe aphids on our perennials muffet daisy and the like they are small green worms nibbling up the leaf is there such a thing as a natural pesticide or a plant that drives them off or prevents them ?

Answer from NGA
July 22, 2000
Aphids are small soft bodied sucking insects that tend to congregate in the growth tips of plants. They can be treated with insecticidal soap or knoscked off with a stream of water from the garden hose. Based on your description it does not sound like aphids in this case. It might be the larvae of a beetle of some kind or some type of moth or butterfly. You can try a neem based spray or, if it is truly a caterpillar, Bt (Bacillis thuringiensis). Hand picking may also be effective if you only have a few plants.

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