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  • aphids swarming on honeysuckle

    Created by Gary Tomei on

    Is it too late in the season to use ladybugs and lacewings to rid my honeysuckle of aphids?

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    E. Vinje
    Keymaster

    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!

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    gary tomei
    Member

    Vinje, Thanks.
    I am ordering organicide 3 in 1. After I use the organicide I then plan to release ladybugs and lacewings.

    I ‘ll let you know if I have any success.

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    E. Vinje
    Keymaster

    Gary –

    That’s perfect! Just stop using the Organocide a few days before releasing the predators.

    Go get `em!

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