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URGENT! What are these insects?

2oaktrees2oaktrees West Midlands Posts: 160
edited April 2019 in Plants
Hello everyone, need some urgent advice please. 

Noticed some reddish brown insects covering my Acer. They are on the leaves and all over the stem. 
Does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them please? 

Thank you x




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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089
    Without a photo impossible to identify with any accuracy sorry.


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  • 2oaktrees2oaktrees West Midlands Posts: 160
    Sorry, Photo added. 
  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    looking closely i think they might be a type of aphid, but a closer picture would be useful
  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,526
    They're likely to be Periphyllus aphids which live on maple/acer trees. A soap spray should sort them out if you don't have many birds in the garden. I use a heavy concentration of Ecover Zero liquid soap in a pump-up sprayer and that always does the job for me in the greenhouse. Outdoors it can help to move bird feeders nearer the tree or vice versa if you don't want to spray.
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  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Hampshire Coast 100m from the seaPosts: 1,089

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
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