Aphids already???

northtexasdude(7b)February 14, 2013

HI All, my roses are already starting to sprout new leaves and stems. Yesterday I noticed that on a Mirandy with new red foliage, there are already aphids all over. I mean there are a TON of aphids. I can control them fine with my dish soap spray, but I am shocked because our nights are still below freezing here. Usually around 28 degrees F. I thought these things were not supposed to live below 50 degrees! Does anyone know what temperature kills these pests?

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seil zone 6b MI

Apparently if there's something growing for them to feed on they're out, lol!

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 11:42AM
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Even if they die out in YOUR garden, there will be protected spots where their eggs won't freeze. Once the temps and humidity are right for them to hatch and grow, they'll swarm and you will have them. Spray all you want...if there are weeds and other plants "out there" to support them, they will migrate into your garden until it's too hot and dry for them to survive. I get them for a short period at the beginning and end of the season, but only in protected, mild spots around the hill when it's hotter and drier. Just over the ridge top, where there is much more coastal influence, they are year round. Just part of "Nature". Kim

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 3:32PM
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Tuggy3(9b NorCal)

We get them early here too and I got them even earlier when I lived in Dallas. Last year we had them through the summer which is very unusual. It tends to be a spring problem. A good spray with water every few days is my control method. Ants tend to milk them for their honeydew and will even boost them back up on the plants. Control the ant population and the aphid population goes down. That has been the advice from UCDavis and master gardeners in our area. Mary

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 9:47PM
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ilovemyroses(8 Dallas TX)

I've got them too, in Dallas. LOTS!! But also a good number of Lady Bugs, so I gently transfer the Lady Bugs as I see them (in the house, porch, and other non aphid territory) directly to a bush, and hope they have the munchies!! Yes, the water spray is good too. Seems some years are heavier than others for them! But so glad to see spring coming!!!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 4:45PM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

Last year, our neighbor's un-tended "front lawn" (known locally as "Elizabeth's Meadow") hatched out an incredible flood of ladybugs. The march of Ladybug larvae continued for weeks.

We never saw an aphid.


    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 10:22PM
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