Woolly Aphids

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  1. wind1

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    Does anyone know anything about woolly aphids? I have them on my crabapple tree. I have had a tree surgeon look at it and he has recommended I contact a qualified pesticide sprayer but I don't really want to use any chemicals on it because of the insects and birds. I have searched for info on it and from what I can gather it's not too big a problem having them on there. It says to use soapy water to remove as much as you can so I will try that although I'm not sure how high up the tree I will be able to reach. Is it ok to just leave them or will they get out of control?
     
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    If the tree is healthy, I would use the soapy solution on the lower bits you can reach and not worry too much about the rest tbh

    Hopefully the birds will be able to gobble enough of them to keep the numbers down :)
     
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    I was going to use the soapy water method but have just seen a couple of ladybirds on there. Would the soap harm them?

    It's good to see them doing their job. I googled images of ladybirds to see if I could find out what the other insects on the leaf are and discovered they are ladybird larvae and pupa. You learn something new everyday!
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    Oh yes - it will kill the ladybirds and their larvae, so I wouldn't risk it.

    I'd give them a chance to do the job for you! ;)
     
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    Would it be ok to collect ladybirds and bring them back to my garden? I see you can actually buy them online but if I can collect them that would be better.
     
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    One of the ladybirds has hatched today (if hatched is the right word?).

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    This lovely one was very busy back and forth!

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    hello, i would just smack them off with a brush (i.e. dustpan brush) as regulary as effort permits, and then leave it, due to the effort not being worth it... (or blast them if you have a hose etc)

    soap can leave residue, hinder the plant from gas exchange etc, also not a fan of adding chemicals to ecosystem... also trees can sort themselves out to a degree, it's just when there is an infestation / plants are unhealthy that bugs can cause considerable damage ime.

    maybe no woolly aphids no ladybirds ? fair trade-off ?

    kind regards.
     
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    The rain seems to have washed a lot of them away. I will leave it for now and see how it does. Every time I look there seems to be more ladybird larvae on there so hopefully they will do their job.