needrain said:Tarev, I have lots of ladybugs here, but I've never seen them on the Hoya. Nor any ants. That doesn't mean either one doesn't get involved with the aphids, just that I haven't noticed it. I had regular sap-sucking green aphids get in the daylilies and the ladybugs have worked diligently on those aphids.
When I used to have Hostas, they don't get attacked by aphids, my real problem with them are snails/slugs. The two hoyas I have outdoors, don't get attacked either by aphids thankfully.
Only my tropical milkweed-Asclepsias currasavica seems to be a magnet for these nasty aphids always. But I just do what I said earlier, alcohol/dishwashing liquid application to manage them, just have to do it, those aphids are persistent. And at times, I do see the ladybugs make a meal of those attackers. Oh, and I have mantids around here too, so they help in aphids control as well.
Got this photo in Sept 2013 - love the ladybugs!
Just editing to add, took a photo this morning of my tropical milkweed..no aphids yet thankfully..but a mantid is already there, guarding his lair: