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Eric Vinje

Hi Gary –

If aphids are already out of control on your honeysuckle shrub we recommend knocking them down first with a least-toxic, short-lived natural pesticide — Safer® Soap or a botanical insecticide — to establish control then release beneficial insects to maintain control. This is because aphids, and other insect pests, reproduce very quickly. If you release ladybugs or lacewings when pest populations are already high they can’t keep up with the pest numbers.

Good luck!