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Aphids Appearance and Size Facts

Aphids are tiny but common pests that can wreak havoc on your garden or yard if uncontrolled. These small insects come in various colors, including green, yellow, and black, with distinctive pear-shaped bodies and usually about 1/16 to 1/8 inch long. Aphids are notorious for their ability to reproduce rapidly, leading to large infestations that can be difficult to control. 


Distinguishing Aphids From Other Pests

There are over 4,000 species of aphids, 250 of which are harmful. Distinguishing aphids from other pests can be challenging due to their small size and similar body shapes. However, their rapid reproduction and tendency to cluster on new growth or the undersides of leaves are telltale signs. They are also a favorite food of ladybugs, so watch for nearby aphids when you see them.

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Behavior and Habitat of Aphids

Aphids feed on plant sap in a process that can cause damage to plants, leading to stunted growth, curling leaves, and distorted flowers. These pests thrive in warm, dry conditions and reproduce asexually, allowing their populations to explode under favorable circumstances. Even a singular aphid can spawn an entire infestation, making effective aphid control difficult without professional help.

Signs of Infestation of Aphids

Aphids cause lasting damage to the plants where they feed. Look for curled or distorted leaves, sticky honeydew residue on plant surfaces, and ants around your plants. Ants feed on the honeydew secretion aphids produce. They even protect them as if they were livestock, so if you see a significant presence of ants in your garden, chances are aphids are nearby.

Tips for Prevention of Aphids

Speed is of utmost importance when preventing an aphid infestation, so regularly inspect your plants for signs of these pests and contact a professional pest control service as soon as they are detected, as aphids can reproduce quickly.


Getting Rid of Aphids

If you notice an aphid infestation, spray them off your plants with a strong stream of water. You can try insecticidal soaps or neem oil for severe cases, but nothing will be as effective as Hulett’s specially crafted pest control solutions. We have the tools and expertise to target the aphids in and around your home while leaving your family and pets out of harm’s way.


Effective Aphid Control Solutions

Our experienced technicians are ready to assess the severity of your infestation, implement tailored treatments, and provide ongoing pest management to ensure your plants thrive. Schedule your free inspection online or contact us today for effective pest control solutions.

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