Aphids are a troublesome nuisance and are known to wreak havoc on gardens throughout Orange County. There are thousands of aphid types, and each has its own way of destroying plants. From attacking specific plant parts to targeting particular plant species, aphids can quickly cause damage and potentially ruin your garden's harvest for an entire season.

It's common to find aphids in Orange County properties, and fortunately, there are several ways to eliminate them. If you are looking to get rid of aphids, contacting a trusted exterminator with the right experience is key. Read on to learn more about how aphids can destroy plants and why HomeShield Pest Control is your go-to source for aphid pest control in Orange County.

What Do Aphids Look Like?

In order to properly identify aphids on your Orange County property, it's important to know what they look like. Aphids are wingless insects that have small, soft bodies with exposed exoskeletons. These tiny pests are typically no larger than 1/8 of an inch in length. Over 4,000 types have been identified, and they come in a variety of colors, primarily ranging from green to brown, but they can also be black, purple, or red. You may find that aphids within the same colony vary in color. Some species produce waxy, cotton-like strands that cover their bodies and are known as wooly aphids. Aphids are also commonly known as ant cows or plant lice.

Are Aphids Harmful To Plants In My Garden?

Once you've determined that you have an aphid infestation, you may be curious as to how these pests cause damage. Out of the 4,000 species of aphids, 250 of them actually pose a threat to your garden. Here are some of the most common ways that aphids can harm your plants:

  • Viruses: Aphids are known to transmit viruses on certain types of vegetable and ornamental plants. Some of the most well-known plants to carry these viruses are common garden vegetables like potato, squash, cucumber, melon, lettuce, and bok choy. The viruses spread rapidly and can stunt plant growth. Symptoms of aphid-transmitted viruses in plants include yellow or curled leaves and a mottled appearance.
  • Honeydew: Aphids produce a waxy, sticky substance known as "honeydew." This residue is left on plants and eventually turns black and invites mold growth. 
  • Toxins: Some aphid species inject toxins into plants. These toxins can turn plants yellow and prevent plants from growing. Certain toxins can cause gall formations to grow, which are pod-shaped swellings. 
  • Targeted Attacks: Certain aphid species attack specific kinds of plants or plant parts. For example, wooly apple aphids infest the roots and limbs of apple trees. 

If the plants in your garden have experienced any of these negative effects, it's time for you to call an exterminator to get rid of aphids.

What Attracts Aphids To Plants?

A major factor in effective aphid control is becoming familiar with what attracts them to plants in the first place. Here are some of the ways an aphid infestation may occur on your property:

  • Tender, leafy plant growth
  • Young or new plants
  • Overuse of nitrogen-rich fertilizer
  • Excessive pruning, which causes aphid-attracting new shoots to grow
  • Growing plants that aren't suited for the local climate
  • Use of pesticides that kill healthy aphid predators and parasites
  • Lack of sufficient sunlight or moisture
  • Overwatering or saturated soil
  • Transporting plants, which leads to shock and temporary plant weakness

Knowing how to prevent aphids from ruining your garden greatly reduces the need for emergency pest control services.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Aphids

It can be alarming to discover aphids on your Orange County property. Because of how rapidly they reproduce, it can be difficult for homeowners to eliminate these troublesome pests without a professional. Fortunately, today's modern extermination techniques can quickly rid your garden of aphids for good.

For high-quality, reliable aphid control, you can count on HomeShield Pest Control. Our friendly technicians will make sure your property is completely aphid-free. We also offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee with every one of our effective pest control plans. Contact us today to find out more about our eco-friendly services.