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Help! Fluffy white insects

A.A.A.A. Posts: 3
edited May 2020 in Problem solving
I found some of these sort of cocoons on an ivy plant in my garden, and then noticed some similar white fluff on an apple tree. I'm sure they're both very recent. The ivy ones look just like larvae, but I have no idea what they are and how dangerous - are they going to spread to other plants? And is the fluff on the apple tree the same? I'm a very new gardener having just bought my first house and have no idea about most things  :# Thank you!

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  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,677
    I can't work out if the Ivy has Cottony Cushion Scale or Woolly Aphid, but suspect it's Cottony Cushion Scale. The apple tree is most likely Woolly Aphids. If anything, both require a hard blast of water from the hose to remove. Keep an eye for them and repeat as soon as you see them. 
  • A.A.A.A. Posts: 3
    I can't work out if the Ivy has Cottony Cushion Scale or Woolly Aphid, but suspect it's Cottony Cushion Scale. The apple tree is most likely Woolly Aphids. If anything, both require a hard blast of water from the hose to remove. Keep an eye for them and repeat as soon as you see them. 
    Thank you so much for your help, Borderline! I really appreciate it. I'll do that and hope for the best :) 
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