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Helpful things you can do to prevent aphids  


aphids suck hibiscus, roses and citrus trees

Aphids are one of the most destructive plant pests and are vectors of a multitude of ornamental and crop plant viruses. Most importantly, they are a major food source for ants, spiders and other insects. View our Aphid Identification  page to learn about the most prevalent species found in Southern California.

Watch the Aphid Vlog above on how to eliminate aphids.

Corky’s Aphid service is designed specifically for Southern California properties, taking into consideration, property landscaping and seasonality of infestations.Each property is unique and deserves the most uniquely devised treatment plan possible to control aphids. We provide customized treatments focused on the aphids’ most desirable plantings and harborage areas unique to your property. Here’s an overview of what our aphid services include.

Inspection: We perform a thorough inspection to determine the treatable plantings and the extent of the infestation.

Landscape Treatment: Botanical or low-impact treatment products for the control of aphids are sprayed under the leaves of  landscape plantings, targeting the aphids’ harborage areas. This initial service may consist of 2 to 3 treatment applications (or more depending on the severity of the infestation), scheduled 14 days apart. Additional treatments are charged per application. 

Recommendations: Your technician will make recommendations as to measures that will promote aphid control and get rid of aphids already infesting landscape plants. The following should be accomplished before any service is performed in order to ensure a successful treatment. Other Do-It-Yourself recommendations specific to your property may be made at the time of service.

  • Prune infested branches and leaves.
  • Give your plants a bath. Spray them with water, this knocks off a lot of the aphids (which, by the way, cannot climb back up onto the plants) and removes honeydew that attracts other insects.
  • Cut areas of tall grass and remove leaf litter from under trees and plants.
  • Keep your plants healthy. Healthy plants naturally repel insects whereas sickly or stressed ones will attract them.

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How corky's Aphid control service works

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Stop bugs from sucking plants and damaging fruit trees.

Experts agree that the efforts to eliminate aphids will most likely be only about 80% effective. It is our commitment to provide timely and effect control for our customers, but without a regularly scheduled maintenance program, infestations are sure to reoccur, since aphids migrate (fly in) from neighboring properties. Aphids attract other insects to our properties such as ants and spiders, who’s infestations not only occupy the landscape but our homes as well. This is why aphid prevention is included with Corky’s Ultimate Pest Control Service.

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