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Help! My Japanese Maple is covered in bugs


Could anyone identify what bugs are attacking my Japanese maple and have any idea what to do about it? I am trying to be organic so I would like to avoid harsh pesticides if possible. 

Many thanks in advance


  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Aphids, use a solution of mildy soapy water or get some ladybird/lacewing larvae as a natural control. The mild weather has helped them breed like nothing I've seen in recent years.

  • autumngloryautumnglory Posts: 255

    Mine is covered too. image I've blasted them with bug spray, just hope I've got them before they do too much damage. I've got two and they're only feasting on the one.

  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,172

    Hi Mrs O,

    Try using a spray of diluted Neem oil ... it is totally organic.

    See this link for further info.

    and this one for how to make it.

    Works for me!



    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
  • Mrs OMrs O Posts: 2

    Thank you for your advise. I've given them a good blast today with the garden hose and sprayed on some soapy water. Think I will do the same tomorrow and look into that neem oil as well.

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