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Jun 7, 2020 2:18 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
Hi folks.
I've got some uninvited visitors to my garden. I sprayed for bugs
about 3 weeks ago, but this mob was there today.

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I don't have the skills to identify them, but I'm guessing there's a
90% chance they're not my friends. I don't want to spray again because
I've got some lovely robins and other birds that trust my garden
as a safe haven. (and, by the way, why haven't they eaten these
damned things?) Are these bugs bad guys and how do I get rid of them
without having to squeeze each one to death?
Jun 7, 2020 2:24 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Region: Michigan Roses
Aphids! Not too worrisome. A hard spray with the hose will knock them down. Anything left you can just wipe off gently with your fingers.
Jun 7, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Yes. What Seil said.

To be truthful, when we stopped spraying, there were enough birds and predatory insects to keep aphids to a bare minimum.
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Jun 7, 2020 5:16 PM CST
Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Roses Hummingbirder Farmer Daylilies
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Same here. I haven't sprayed for insects in years because the birds and lizards take care of all that now.
Jun 7, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Yes. It took us an awful year, for all of the chemicals to disappear. And then, the first time we saw a whole flock of those little birds settle in, I almost cheered.

They were here for about an hour, and cleaned out every aphid. Now, we don't see them so much, because there's so little here for them.
Jun 7, 2020 8:30 PM CST
Name: David Tillyer
New York City (Zone 7b)
I guess that was my thought...and hope. I'll spray, and squeeze, and wait for the birds to pay be back for all the shelter I provide!
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