How Dangerous Is It To Have Aphids On My New Hampshire Property?
Aphids are common pests that homeowners usually don't think twice about. Why is this? It could have to do with where these pests cause the majority of their trouble. If you have never taken the time to investigate the true nature of these pests and the dangers they might pose around properties, today is your day to do so. Here is everything you should know about aphids and what to do if they invade your New Hampshire property.
What Are Aphids?
Aphids are soft, pear-shaped pests with long legs and antennae. These green, yellow, brown, red, or black insects feed on plants. Depending on the species, aphids can appear waxy or woolly. Adults are typically wingless, but some species have winged forms. Unlike leafhoppers or plant bugs, aphids do not jump or move quickly when disturbed. You are most likely to find these pests feeding on dense groups of leaves or stems.
An Aphids Life Cycle
Aphids go through many generations each year. Unlike other insects, which require a male and a female to mate, aphids produce asexually. It helps that all aphids born during the spring and summer months are all female. On average, a single aphid produces 12 nymphs per day. These nymphs shed their skin four times before becoming adults and usually take between seven to eight days to fully mature. Keep in mind how fast these pests breed when evaluating an infestation around your property.
The Damage Aphids Cause
Trees and garden plants are an aphid's favorite plants to snack on. As populations of these pests grow, the damage they cause becomes noticeable in the form of yellow leaves and stunted shoots. Aphids also excrete a large amount of a sticky substance called honeydew. This substance turns black after being exposed to sooty mold fungus. Certain species of aphids inject toxins into plants that cause their leaves to curl and greatly affect their health and overall growth.
How Aphids Attract Other Pests
Many pests that invade properties are attracted to sweet substances. If aphids cover your trees and other plants with honeydew, they are inviting more troublesome insects to crawl or buzz onto your property. Some of the most problematic pests this sweet and sticky substance attracts include bees, hornets, and yellow jackets, all of which have stingers that they can use to attack people.
DIY Tips For Aphid Control
There are several methods you might find on the internet that suggest they eliminate aphids. Some are mildly effective; others are trying to get you to waste your money. Often, solutions involve applying natural oils or other products to deter aphids from settling down onto plant growth. This method is often impractical as it requires constant reapplication and large amounts of product over the course of a year.
Why Professional Pest Control Is Needed For Aphids
If you are looking for a guaranteed way to eliminate and prevent aphids around your New Hampshire property, get the local pest experts at Master Mosquito Control involved. Our team has been handling yard pests for years and has the experience and industry-leading equipment and treatments needed to properly handle aphids in all stages of their development. We believe in fast and effective services, which is why we are open 24/7. With a wide range of pest control options to choose from and a team of highly trained licensed professionals to apply them around your property, you will never have trouble finding what you are looking for.
Call our team today with any questions you have about aphids and schedule a thorough inspection for your New Hampshire yard.