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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Jun 4, 2015 10:22 AM CST
I'm new to gardening, and I have some bugs on my peas and over on my milkweed. I'm not sure what they are and what to do about them. I took the best pictures I could but they are very small
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Name: Jennifer
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jvdubb
Jun 4, 2015 10:38 AM CST
I think they are aphids
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Jun 4, 2015 10:42 AM CST
I thought that at first but all pictures I saw on Internet were orange and black. I'll look into it thank you for your reply
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 4, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Aphids do come in a large range of colors, everything from pink and yellow to light green as well. I agree with Jennifer that they are aphids. The ones on my milkweeds are usually yellow.

Anyway, the first line of defense for aphids is just to wash them off there with a fine mist from your hose. They're pretty wimpy and most likely won't come back, but if they've laid eggs you may have to spray them with the hose again.
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jun 4, 2015 11:09 AM CST
I agree I get aphids on my milkweed all the time. A good squirt with a forceful hose helps.
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Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Jun 4, 2015 11:27 AM CST
Thank you very much on that. I will definitely try that
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 4, 2015 6:12 PM CST
Welcome to All Things Plants, @chenoa0125 !

I also agree they are aphids... lots of different colors of them, and the color can be different depending on what stage of their life they are in.
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jun 4, 2015 6:32 PM CST
Oh yeah Welcome! chenoa0125!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jun 4, 2015 7:24 PM CST
Agree, those are aphids..milkweeds are such magnets for those. I just do the same, a good hose down, or sometimes if my milkweed is in bloom, I use alcohol/dishwashing liquid swab to gently remove those, doing it before the sun hits the plants. Or, if I can find a ladybug, I move it to the plant with aphids, so it can have a lovely meal. Big Grin
Name: Chenoa Frazer
Jacksonville Florida (Zone 8b)
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chenoa0125
Jun 4, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Thank You! everyone wil so just that to rid of them
Name: Kate
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karmatree
Jun 7, 2015 12:10 PM CST
Careful blasting milkweed with water or insecticidal soap or it will kill Monarch caterpillars....
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