Aphids (Greenfly)

Latest Update 2nd August 2017.

Aphids (Greenfly).
  • Binomial Name:                            Macrosiphum Rosae.
  • Family:                                           Aphididae.
Why Greenfly are a Pest.
  • In my garden, I usually find them on new buds on roses in early spring.  If left they will munch their way through the new buds and shoots and deform the flowers.
Pest Control.
  • Aphids are normally dormant in winter, but occasionally I will come across a cluster of them after a spell of warmer weather
  • I spray my garden with aerated compost tea every month to toughen up plant foliage. 
  • They are best removed early in the season before they get a foothold.  Just wash them off the plants foliage or flowers using a jet of water from a hose.
  • If they do get out of control, spray them with a 10% solution of organic full cream milk in rainwater.  Take care to avoid collateral damage among the beneficial insect population by spraying early in the morning.