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Green aphids on apple trees...spray with soap?

Posted by Sam_NY 5 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 25, 13 at 11:33

Hello all,
Just noticed what look like green apple aphids on the terminal buds of ALL my young apple trees (being tended by black ants). I thought I'd do a dish soap/water spray, as I've seen recommended here and other places. I've seen conflicting advice on where to spray, however. One link said spray the trunk and branches and avoid the leaves, while a few others said I have to wet the pests directly (which would imply spraying the leaves and buds). Any thoughts? Anything else I should know? Thanks for any advice!


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RE: Green aphids on apple trees...spray with soap?

Try a harsh water spray first. Repeat in several days to get the progeny of those you missed.


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RE: Green aphids on apple trees...spray with soap?

Thanks Jean. I've read about doing that, but most of the trees are too far to reach with a hose.


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RE: Green aphids on apple trees...spray with soap?

Then use insecticidal soap.


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