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May 3, 2018 3:51 PM CST
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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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May 3, 2018 4:25 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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You have aphids. They are easy to get rid of. Just look it up on the internet
May 3, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Insecticidal soap is the most organic way.
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May 3, 2018 5:52 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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I hate aphids and when they come, there always seems to be so many of the little buggers... Thumbs down
May 3, 2018 6:23 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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lady bug nymphs help. especially if you can get the adults to stay long enough to lay eggs in your garden.
May 3, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Hate the dang aphids. They are very abundant this year. Soap has not help much for me this year. GRRRR
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May 3, 2018 6:35 PM CST
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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.
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May 4, 2018 10:53 AM CST
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Thank you! i've always heard the word "aphids" and never knew what they looked like. Eeeeew. Thanks for all the suggestions!
May 6, 2018 10:10 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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