Pest - APHIDS
Aphis gossypii (Cotton/Melon Aphid), Macrosiphum euphorbiae (Potato Aphid), Aulacorthum solani (Glasshouse Potato/Fox Glove Aphid), Myzus persicae (Green Peach Aphid)
Aphids have always been a problem for the plant enthusiast and commercial grower. However, as time has passed, aphid infestations have become a more prominent problem, especially in the horticulture sector. As a result of their enormous reproductive capability, aphids can cause severe damage to a myriad of plants. In addition their ever-increasing resistance to pesticides greatly enhances their destructive capability.
An aphid population consists of viviparous females. Young aphids are born and immediately start feeding on plant sap. They grow quickly and molt four times before they become adults. The resulting characteristic white skins left behind betray the presence of aphids. Winged adults develop at high densities, enabling rapid spreading to other plants from hot spot areas.
Direct feeding on plant sap, excretion of honeydew, and the injection of toxic substances cause crop damage. Plant growth is halted and leaves become curled. Honeydew dirties fruit and leaves, and is also a medium for the growth of fungus. Aphids can also transmit and spread viruses.
Biological control of aphids is possible with the Koppert products listed below.
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Products in blue are Garden/Greenhouse Accessories.
MELON AND SQUASH
POTTED FLOWERS AND BEDDING PLANTS
TREES AND SHRUBS
DIBOX HANGING DISTRIBUTION BOX
HORIVER PEST MONITOR (SMALL YELLOW CARD)
KNOWING AND RECOGNIZING
MAGNIFYING LENS (LOUPE)
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