Posted: 29/04/2014 at 18:00
Not keen on spraying with a systemic insecticide on something I want to eat. We get this every year and ignore it. The trees produce their fruit without seeming to come to any harm.
Just watch out for ants 'farming ' the aphids and take steps to stop the ants from climbing the tree and moving the aphids to new leaves.
I totally agree, Bergill and I do understand that spraying isn't for everyone. Although the fruit isn't affected, it does look unsightly, especially when sooty mould colonises the honeydew secreted by these aphids.
I don't use sprays lightly, but when I do, 'Bug Clear' is my choice because it is as environmentally friendly as they come.