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25/05/2014 at 13:50

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Hi,

 

I have a tree in the front garden, which is cover with something.  I had thought they might be eggs as when I cut off the branches they did not fall off.  Unfortunately this morning the bin is now alive with them.

Any ideas as to what they could be?

How to get rid of them?

Also does anyone recognize the tree?

Thanks in anticipation

25/05/2014 at 13:55

The tree is an elder.  The insects are aphids.  

Ladybirds and bluetits deal with the aphids in this garden, or you can use an organic spray or mix up a weak solution of Ecover washing up liquid and spray them with that.

However, I don't think they'll do much harm to your elder tree and they'll provide food for baby birds.  I'd leave them alone. 

25/05/2014 at 14:11

Thanks so much, I was really worried that I might off got a serious problem, and spread it from the front garden into the back one too.

Thanks also for naming the tree

25/05/2014 at 20:11

most likely blackfly which loves elder and marigolds  .

25/05/2014 at 22:52

I agree with Dove.  Elderberry.  Sambucus it renown for such infestations. Also Philadelhus, they can also sudenly become blackened.  If you are a bit timid.  Put a pair of latex or kitchen gloves on.  Just simply cast your finger and thumb along the branches.  Might take a while, but it really is the best and cheapest exteminator.

26/05/2014 at 15:19

Have sprayed them with mixture of washing up liquid, the thought of touching them ............. makes me feel like I am crawling just at the thought of it.

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