Aphids are sucking insects that attack buds,
flowers and new growths
and transmit disease from plant to plant.
Buds and flower may fail to open and leaves may
have a sticky deposit.
Wash aphids away from the plant with a jet of
water. Plants can be
sprayed with a pesticide like Malathion,
Orthene or Safer Soap using the product in accordance with label instructions.
The honeydew excreted by aphids and other
sucking insects is
attractive to ants and is an ideal medium for
sooty mold. When sooty mold is present, inspect the plants for aphids,
mealybugs, scale and mites.