[Tweeters] aphid control?

Jeff Kozma jcr_5105 at charter.net
Mon Jul 10 17:31:49 PDT 2017

I picked up a container of ladybugs at my local Co-op in Yakima to take care of aphids on my Cuphea 'David Verity'. They are a great alternative to sprays. Within about 5-7 days, all my aphids are gone. I even noticed on the second day after release ladybugs were mating on my plants and laying eggs. I tried mail order but our mail gets put in central metal box outside with others in our development and they fried with the summer heat. So, I buy them locally and they work well. I also did this to control wooly aphids on my crabapple tree. I treated the tree with ladybugs and green lacewings for 2 years...I now have no wooly aphids on that tree.

I swear by ladybugs.

Jeff Kozma


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From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Lee Tenneboe
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 12:25 PM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] aphid control?

Hi Tweeters, I need some help please. I have been striving to turn my condo balcony into a hummingbird haven with feeders, a fountain, a bird swing and as many hummingbird friendly plants/flowers that I can manage. The aphids are taking over. I sprayed a fruit and vegetable safe insecticide on a couple of plants they don’t seem to like, but I’m not convinced that a spray supposedly ‘safe’ for humans is safe for a tiny little hummer. I don’t want to spray anything, but the aphids are killing the blooms that the hummers would feed on, so I just don’t know what to do. Any suggestions on how to get rid of those darn aphids that is safe for hummers? Thank you in advance for your help!
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