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Why so many aphids this year?

Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by merleworld, Jun 22, 2013.

  1. merleworld

    merleworld Total Gardener

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    I have swarms of aphids at the moment :mad: They seem to have taken a particular liking to my Rhododendrons. I walked through a swarm of them flying around at the bottom of my garden the other day :doh:

    I usually just squish the odd few which I find here and there but no matter how many I squish, more appear, so I've just used a full bottle of spray to clear them :paladin: I don't like using chemical sprays as a rule but this was beyond a flippin' joke.

    Why are there so many this year? Don't think I've ever seen it this bad before.

    I've also got red mites on a couple of my plants, which I've been squishing/spraying as well. Would these be red spider mites (they are on the young leaves and I've read that they usually reside at the bottom of the plant)?
     
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    I haven't seen many ladybirds this year. In fact I'm just trying to think if I've seen any yet. Not seen many hover flies yet either, and not a single lacewing. Maybe the cold spring was bad for natural predators of aphids, and therefore good for aphids perhaps.
     
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      I was only thinking yesterday that I haven't seen many ladybirds. In fact I've only seen two.
       
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      I found a whole cluster of small caterpillar type things on the underside of a nasturtium leaf yesterday - oddly, they were all lined up as though in a grid. No idea what they were, suffice to say they were disposed of.
       
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      Caterpillars will devour Nasturtiums FC, you were right to get rid. :)
       
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    • Phil A

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      I've not seen a single Ladyboy yet this year.
       
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        • Phil A

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          Ello Freddy :)

          I was in Bristol earlier & didn't even see one there, thought I would have because of the warmer micro climate of the city.

          Maybe I was in the wrong district?
           
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          Next time someone says we need a hard winter to get rid of the pests, bear in mind it also kills the predators.:)

          Merleworld, I very much doubt that the red bugs you are squashing are RSM, probably those red velvet like, slow moving creatures which are harmless.
          RSM are very near microscopic.;)
           
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          • Freddy

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            Ladyboys like a certain climate?:scratch: Ain't seen a single Ladybird though...:dunno:
             
          • Phil A

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            They prefer the warm, damp weather makes the mascara run.
             
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            • miraflores

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              What mascara do you use ?!?! :biggrin: generally it is the heat that makes make up run!
               
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              • Phil A

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                Not me, the Ladyboys :biggrin: probably Harlequin brand.
                 
              • merleworld

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                You obviously know nuffink about make up Zigs - everybody knows Ladybugs use eyeliner to draw the dots on :snork:
                 
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