Aphid Identification

What are aphids?

Aphids are common garden pests. These tiny insects have soft, pear-like shaped bodies and range in color from black, red, and brown to green or yellow. This coloring varies with species and diet. Aphids live and feed together in large groups, using their specialized piercing mouthparts to feed on a plant's fluids. 

many aphids crawling on a plant leaf

Are aphids dangerous?

Aphids are garden pests and pose no threat to people. However, as aphids feed, they can transmit diseases from plant to plant through their saliva. Feeding aphids can also cause plants to look “yellowed” and unhealthy.

The most significant problem aphids pose is the honeydew that they produce. Honeydew is a sticky substance that aphids leave behind on the plants they feed on. This honeydew attracts a variety of other insects that can cause plant damage. It also allows for a sooty, black, moldy fungus to grow on the plants.

Why do I have an aphid problem?

Aphids will exploit any chance they get to feed. They live successfully on any property that offers them suitable food sources. Properties with vegetable gardens, flowering plants, fruit trees, and other plants will attract feeding and breeding aphids.

Some common signs of an aphid problem include:

  • Plant leaves turning yellow and curling

  • Plants covered in a black sticky substance

  • The delayed production of fruits and flowers

Where will I find aphids?

Aphids live outside in garden areas, feeding in groups on the underside of leaves. Sometimes aphids also find their way inside in potted plants.

How do I get rid of aphids?

For home or business owners who want to rid aphids from their property, partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution. We are the greater Sacramento area’s best defense against pests. For more than four decades, we’ve been committed to keeping homes and businesses free of insects, rodents, and more. Our professionals work with our customers to control aphid populations. Learn more about our 100% guaranteed aphid control services by reaching out to Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent aphids in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent problems with aphids and other pests. Aphids are outdoor pests and difficult to keep off your property. At the first signs of aphids feeding on plants in your yard, call the professionals at Neighborly Pest Management.

 

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