Irises forum→What are these bugs on my iris and how do I get rid of them?

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May 3, 2018 3:51 PM CST
I've noticed these bugs on a number of the plants, and i'm worried they'll damage the plants. They look like mites of some sort? (zoom in for better view). Thanks in advance!
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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May 3, 2018 4:25 PM CST
You have aphids. They are easy to get rid of. Just look it up on the internet
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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May 3, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Insecticidal soap is the most organic way.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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May 3, 2018 5:52 PM CST
I hate aphids and when they come, there always seems to be so many of the little buggers... Thumbs down
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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May 3, 2018 6:23 PM CST
lady bug nymphs help. especially if you can get the adults to stay long enough to lay eggs in your garden.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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May 3, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Hate the dang aphids. They are very abundant this year. Soap has not help much for me this year. GRRRR
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
May 3, 2018 6:35 PM CST
I use a mix of a little dish soap and water in a squirt bottle. Once I see the good bugs move in, I stop spraying. That soapy water can kill them too.

If you see ants by your aphid infected plants, kill them too. Those ants will farm the aphids and move them to other plants.

May 4, 2018 10:53 AM CST
Thank you! i've always heard the word "aphids" and never knew what they looked like. Eeeeew. Thanks for all the suggestions!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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May 6, 2018 10:10 AM CST
irrka1 ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum!
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