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Aphids (Root)-How to get rid of them

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The root Aphid life cycle starts in the soil and goes to above-ground vegetation. Some may fly, some don’t. Eggs can be seen with a microscope but often are misidentified. Generally
speaking, an Aphid egg is larger than a leaf trichome and oblong in shape and may be seen with a white, light green, or brownish pigmentation. Aphids, in general, will have a teardrop shape with two antennae-like protrusions at the rear of the insect.

This shape is common for both leaf and root Aphids with root aphids tending to be much more colorful. Before applying any pesticide, make sure the plants are fully hydrated. Flush the plants well with water and show a good amount of run-off. Wait 1 hour before application. Professional Pesticide Applicators Note: Many infestations come from stress caused by excess fertilizer in the growing medium. Check EC/PPM of the last few ounces of run-off from the pot. It must be the same EC/PPM as the water you used to flush with. Repeat the flush procedure until you get matching numbers, then treat for insects.

Get rid of Aphids (root)

Before applying any pesticide, make sure the plants are fully hydrated. Flush the plants well with water and show a good amount of run-off. Wait 1 hour before application. Professional Pesticide Applicators Note: Many infestations come from stress caused by excess fertilizer in the growing medium. Check EC/PPM of the last few ounces of run-off from the pot. It must be the same EC/PPM as the water you used to flush with. Repeat the flush procedure until you get matching numbers, then treat for insects.

1. We recommend you treat all of the soil/growing media making sure to penetrate down into the root ball where the root Aphids are concentrated. It is the root ball that protects the root Aphids from rain and other natural hazards so naturally, it is the root ball that is hardest to treat with the Protection Plus. It is important to take the time to slowly pour Protection Plus around the base of the stem, allowing the treatment to fully soak into the areas inside the root ball until runoff from the pot occurs. Then treat the rest of the soil/growing media.

2. Allow Protection Plus to sit in the soil/growing media for 10 minutes then Flush the Protection Plus out of the soil/growing media with water. Treat all plants in the greenhouse or home. Apply Protection Plus once every three days until the infestation is under control. Remember, allow Protection Plus to kill the root Aphids for 10 minutes then Flush the soil/growing media with water.

3. General Application: Apply Protection Plus once every three days until the infestation is under control. Allow Protection Plus to kill the root Aphids for 10 minutes then Flush the soil/growing media with water. Field-grown plants can forgo the flushing with water. However, the dosage may need to be lowered to compensate for the root’s longer contact time with Protection Plus. This is where one plant should be singled out and treated, watched carefully and decisions made.

4. Spray the plants every 7 days to complete your IPM Integrated Pest Management program. This will assure you that there will be little chance of pest problems.

5. Start the dosage at 2 ounces (60 ml) per gallon of water. Increase the dosage to 3-4 ounces (90-120ml) only if needed.

6. The Aphid will die within seconds of the application and freeze in place looking like statues. This condition may fool you into thinking they are still alive but with closer examination, they are indeed dead. They will eventually decompose.

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