Aphid

Category: Occasional

Scientific Name: Aphidoidea

 

Identification:

Color: White, black, brown, gray, yellow, light green, or pink

Size: ¼ inch long

Region: Found throughout the world

Lifespan: 1 month

Important Considerations:

  • Aphids feed on plants and can cause great damage– especially in a garden.
  • These pests feed in groups. This can usually make them easier to spot but can lead to greater plant damage in a shorter period of time.
  • Signs of an aphid problem include misshapen, yellowed, or curling leaves, a sticky liquid coating plant leaves, mold growing on leaves or stems, deformed fruits, root galls, and presence of other insects such as ladybugs.

 

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

Aphids are small and typically very light colored, so they can be hard to detect without having a trained eye. The most obvious way to know if you have aphids is observing your plants. They live and feed in heavily planted areas, such as gardens. If you notice your plants displaying the symptoms listed above, your yard or garden is likely housing aphids.