Little Insects on Chives

Asked May 30, 2013, 5:45 PM EDT

There are thousands and thousands of little insects on my chives. They look like aphids. Attached are two photos. These insects are moving on to my onions and ornamental alliums. I didn't think aphids attacked alliums! Please help.

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1 Response

These are indeed aphids. You can dislodge a lot of them with the blast of the hose (they can't climb back) and those that remain and be squished by hand. There are beneficial insects that eat them such as lady bugs that often help keep them in check.
As a last resort, an insecticidal soap spray labelled for vegetables may be used.