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Aphids on honeysuckle

Q&A

For the second year in a row, my beautiful honeysuckle is covered with aphids and sooty mold! I’ve been blasting it with the water hose but it’s not looking better. I’ve had the vine for about 10 years and last year was the first time this happened. Suggestions for getting rid of the pests? - Thanks - Gwen -

Comments

  1. 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Gwen. I am sorry that your hard water spray isn’t working to control your aphids and the sooty mold that grows on the honeydew left by the aphids. Insecticide applications can be used to destroy aphids but they may also harm the beneficial insects that help to keep aphids in check leaving your plant unprotected if a resurgence occurs. If control measures are warranted , use Horticultural Oil, Insecticidal Soap, acephate(Acephate, Systemic Insect Killer), malathion, cyfluthrin(Baythroid, Multi-Insect Killer), or permethrin (numerous trade names). Reapplication is often needed. Brand names are for product identification only. No endorsement is intended. Hope this helps. Ruth

  2. 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    My oleander aphids were wiped out in 48 hours by ladybugs, ladybug larvae, and parasitic wasps.

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