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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?
David
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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