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These little white bugs and some fluffy bits are on my raspberry plants... What are they and how can I control them?


  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 7,939
    They are aphids, and the white fluffy things are their shed skins.
    You can squash them by hand - and hopefully your garden is full of birds, hoverflies etc which will help to hoover them up... if there are lots of aphids you can squirt them with a hose to knock them off.  It's not really advisable to use chemicals on plants you're planning to eat, though if you're desperate you could use a contact spray based on fatty acids or oils.
    "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life."  Rabindranath Tagore
  • Womble54Womble54 Posts: 348
    I was tempted to order ladybirds or ladybird larvae to help control aphids, but my inner sceptic tells me it would be a waste of time and money.

    Has anyone bought any? Successful?
  • Womble54Womble54 Posts: 348
    The cavalry have arrived to save my beans!

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