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How to deal with aphids

I WOULDN’T want to deny other wildlife a good meal – a wide range of creatures from insects to garden birds eat aphids – but aphid infestations can sometimes reach plague proportions on plants. And when they do in my garden, they’re toast!

There are many different types of aphid, some plant-specific, others greedy for any succulent green leaf or shoot they can suck sap from. They cause leaf distortion, stunt growth, attract moulds and spread diseases.

Avoid infestation first

But before we reach for the spray gun it’s wise to ask why they proliferate on some plants and not on others, and deal with any problems. Most sprays are contact insecticides,

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