Most aphids are soft bodied, pear-shaped insects, 1-2mm long, which prefer feeding on tender growing shoots. In Western Australia, most aphids are females which are able to give birth to living young without the need to mate.
Are aphids found in Australia?
Aphids are relatively small, bulbous, soft-bodied insects that are common pests in production nurseries across Australia. There are about 5000 described species of aphids worldwide but only a few hundred are known to be present in Australia. … There are still many exotic aphids currently not present in Australia.
How do you get rid of aphids in Australia?
Soap spray – add two tablespoons of soap flakes to one litre of water and stir thoroughly until completely dissolved. There is no need to dilute this further, just spray it on as is. This controls aphids, caterpillars.
Can I use soapy water to kill aphids?
The most commonly used non-chemical remedy is to spray them with soapy water. You can buy insecticidal soaps but many people make up their own using a teaspoon of washing up liquid diluted in 3 litres of water. The aphids are unable to breath under a coating of soap and subsequently suffocate.
Do banana peels keep aphids away?
Add shine and deter aphids by wiping the leaves of plants with the inside of a banana peel. The peel adds shine to leaves while also leaving traces of nutrients and a natural pesticide.