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Name: Abid M.
Slough, Berkshire, England
May 19, 2017 9:55 AM CST
Hello everyone,

Last month we moved into a new house and in our patio area there are a lot of bushes. One of them (I don't know the name) is infested with millions of small dark and green tiny insects. They are clustered around the entire new growth and underneath the leaves as well. Please see pictures.

What is the name of this plant and is this insect Aphids?
How can I get rid of them all?
Are these insects any dangerous for small children?
Which spray can I use to get rid of this infestation?

I was thinking of cutting all the infested branches and then spray the entire plant with some insecticide but don't know if its the right approach.

Please advise.

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Name: greene
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May 19, 2017 10:02 AM CST
Not dangerous. Just spray with your garden hose. Try to hit all the spots at the growing tips and under the leaves to wash the aphids away. No need to use insecticed. If the aphids return just spray them again with the hose.
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Name: Elena
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May 19, 2017 10:06 AM CST
I'm starting to get aphids here myself. I use water to knock them off but I don't worry about them too much. Pretty soon the ladybugs will come and feast on them! That's the upside of not spraying insecticide.

Last year I had at least 2 generations of ladybugs in my garden and that kept them under control all year!
Name: Deb
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May 19, 2017 2:10 PM CST
If you have a container attachment to your hose, you could also add a weak soap solution to your spray, which helps them slide off. I agree, no poison is needed for these guys. I sometimes just scrape them off with my fingers when I see them clustered at the tip of a plant.
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Name: Abid M.
Slough, Berkshire, England
May 22, 2017 2:35 AM CST
Thanks everyone,

I will try the water spray first. If that doesn't work then I will spray them with some dishwasher mixed water.

Pleased to now they are common and not dangerous. In fact I spotted a ladybird on the plant yesterday :)

Best regards,

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