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What kind of insect is this? (Vanity)
My Backyard | 6/21/2008 | Me

Posted on 06/21/2008 8:06:46 AM PDT by GreenAccord

What kind of insect is this?

little white bugs

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OK fellow Freepers. I do this with much reluctance. I don't post articles all that much (four times ever in 4 and a half years) but I'm posting a vanity. I have these little white bugs in my backyard and they seem to be falling out of my three river birches (they're 15 years old and 22-28 feet tall).

I sprayed some Sevin pesticide on the trees fairly well 7 days ago, but the bugs have apparently made it through that treatment. They're quite small (one-fourth the size of an ant). So far, they've only been outside but they number in the dozens on the patio furniture when you look closely.

Any ideas? An exterminator is a route of last resort as they don't seem to be home invaders.

1 posted on 06/21/2008 8:06:46 AM PDT by GreenAccord
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To: GreenAccord

Look like some sort of aphid to me.


2 posted on 06/21/2008 8:08:33 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GreenAccord

There should be a local conservation office who could nail it for you.


3 posted on 06/21/2008 8:09:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: GreenAccord

“I have these little white bugs in my backyard and they seem to be falling out of my three river birches (they’re 15 years old and 22-28 feet tall).”

22 to 28 feet tall? I’ve never seen a bug like that.

(sorry, couldn’t help it)

Bug looks like some kind of termite.


4 posted on 06/21/2008 8:09:46 AM PDT by Grunthor (Gonna vote for the candidate that is for drilling for oil, Juan McJerk. Maybe.)
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To: GreenAccord

Aphid is what it looks like to me, too.


5 posted on 06/21/2008 8:10:00 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (A good man has come home to San Diego! Thank you Congressman Hunter)
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To: Grunthor

Yes, I’ve called the same folks who made Starship Troopers and they advised a full scale assault. :)


6 posted on 06/21/2008 8:11:24 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: GreenAccord

hehehe


7 posted on 06/21/2008 8:11:49 AM PDT by Grunthor (Gonna vote for the candidate that is for drilling for oil, Juan McJerk. Maybe.)
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To: GreenAccord
Aphid is my guess. E.g.:

http://audilab.bmed.mcgill.ca/~funnell/photos/DSC09685_aphid_crop.jpg

Seen here:

http://audilab.bmed.mcgill.ca/~funnell/photos/

8 posted on 06/21/2008 8:15:46 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: CAluvdubya; 1rudeboy
You guys are too quick! (Secretly, I was hoping for a massively-posted thread with all kinds of input. I guess I'll have to settle for a rapid response).

A quick google image search on aphids results in:

from Donna Young.org

Thanks, folks.

So the question now is: What gets rid of them?

9 posted on 06/21/2008 8:16:52 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: dayglored; GreenAccord
Your aphid is likely from order "Homoptera".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homoptera

10 posted on 06/21/2008 8:20:39 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: GreenAccord

If you’re looking for some random input (I have the “luxury” of living near Chicago, however), I’ve discovered that certain museums (the Field) and univesities with entomology programs gladly identify insects for you, if you send them a corpse.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 8:24:41 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: GreenAccord

Try some dishwash soap and water in a spray bottle.


12 posted on 06/21/2008 8:25:44 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: GreenAccord

Three oatmeal cookies, and ice pick and a hammer.
No, wait, that’s for tape worms, let me think.


13 posted on 06/21/2008 8:27:44 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: GreenAccord

It’s a Democrat. Stomp on it and move on with your life.


14 posted on 06/21/2008 8:28:20 AM PDT by Radl
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To: GreenAccord

Great site for such inquiries - http://www.whatsthatbug.com/


15 posted on 06/21/2008 8:30:24 AM PDT by whatexit
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To: GreenAccord

Buy some fireants from me. Ants farm aphids (no, really).


16 posted on 06/21/2008 8:31:27 AM PDT by txhurl (Obama is 50% Caucasian, ***43.75% Arab***, and only 6.25% Negro-African.)
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To: GreenAccord
What gets rid of them?

Your local nursery might well sell them in little containers kinda like a milk carton -- but be forewarned that most of 'em will fly right away.


17 posted on 06/21/2008 8:32:51 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: GreenAccord

Aphid.
Adult females and some males have wings, thus will fly from infested trees and shrubs to recently cleared trees and shrubs.
If the trees overhead are getting them, it’s a good bet that the source is another nearby tree (or several trees).
Immunox works on roses, but trees I have no practical experience with.
The Seven will work, but it takes repeat applications a couple days apart for really bad infestations.


18 posted on 06/21/2008 8:32:58 AM PDT by Darksheare (Why do they call it Salad Dressing when clothes aren't in any way involved?)
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To: mkmensinger
Try some dishwash soap and water in a spray bottle.

That works well if spraying is done frequently. If you have aphid infestations you probably have lots of ants too. It's not well known but ants actually "herd" aphids into foliage so they can feed on the "honeydew" produced by the aphids. I am NOT making this up! Aphids I had lots of aphid problems in my garden until I decided to get serious about eliminating ants. Now both are gone.

19 posted on 06/21/2008 8:33:55 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: GreenAccord

That is the plague of Dephilrats, a sign of the Apocalypse now that we’re on the verge of electing Hussein as the leader of the free world.

:)

Just kidding. I have no idea.


20 posted on 06/21/2008 8:36:03 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat (Just say NObama!)
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To: GreenAccord

What gets rid of them?

It’d be a big operation for a whole tree, but on roses, plain old soapy water kills em deader than a doornail.

Just get some sort of sprayer, put a bit of dish soap (like Dawn) in it and fill the rest with water.


21 posted on 06/21/2008 8:36:23 AM PDT by djf (I don't believe in perpetual motion. Perpetual mutton, that's another thing entirely!)
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To: ErnBatavia

I read that lady bugs are the first line of defense against aphids. Here’s the bummer; A day after last week’s Sevin treatment, guess what the pesticide left dead all over the patio?


22 posted on 06/21/2008 8:36:41 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: GreenAccord

They will be parasitized by the parasitic aphid wasp in a few days. It is all part of the big game.

You can order boxes of the orange spotted lady bugs or parasitic wasps and turn them loose in your yard. Lady bugs, parasitic wasps and lacewings feed upon them. If you have a sufficient population, they will naturally attract one or more of these natural predators anyway.


23 posted on 06/21/2008 8:37:13 AM PDT by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: Bernard Marx

Does Al Sharpton know about aphids being held in bondage? It’s not just, I tell you! :^)


24 posted on 06/21/2008 8:37:58 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: whatexit

I sent that website an email with an image earlier today. Of course, I’m getting a much faster response right here on our site. Thanks for the tip, though.


25 posted on 06/21/2008 8:40:09 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: tet68

I thought it was lighter fluid and a shaver...


26 posted on 06/21/2008 8:42:24 AM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: GreenAccord
"So the question now is: What gets rid of them?"

The Chinese beetle was imported to control aphids...those beetles have now increased their numbers to almost biblical proportions. No we have aphid AND beetle problems.

27 posted on 06/21/2008 8:46:29 AM PDT by gorush (Exterminate the Moops!)
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To: mkmensinger

Look carefully — those aphids are White! But someone like Tom Hayden will probably take up the Cause with a slogan like “Save the Aphid Six Million!”


28 posted on 06/21/2008 8:49:59 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx

Perhaps an aphid defense fund — Soros could finance it.


29 posted on 06/21/2008 8:51:51 AM PDT by mkmensinger
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To: Grunthor; Grammy; george76; jazusamo; billhilly; johnny7; gardengirl; Gabz; Diana in Wisconsin

Man, if these bugs are falling in a river from these trees, I would LOVE to be there with my flyrod!!!!!

If they are aphids they will be very bad for your flowers/garden though. Here’s a garden ping gardengirl and gabz.


30 posted on 06/21/2008 8:58:15 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: GreenAccord

It’s been a long time since I dealt with bugs on any large scale but I do remember that aphids aren’t particularly harmful. What they do do (or is that do-do?) is produce a sort of honey, kinda like bees. That honey attracts other, less pleasant bugs such as ants, which will actually herd the aphids and milk them of the honey.

Ladybug larvae (which don’t look very much like ladybugs) eat aphids like a kid eats cookies. The adult ladybug doesn’t eat anything, it’s too busy making more larvae. Lacewings eat aphids too as do several other beneficial bugs, the names of which I forget right now.

Aphids are a fact of life. You can get rid of them for awhile by using insecticide but they come back quickly, stronger than before. There are places to buy ladybugs and lacewings and the ahids never seem to get so strong they are immune to them. Check with an agricultural extension service office from your county or state to find out where to get the good bugs.

When I was working in that field we were using Parathion on bad bugs until they started getting stronger. Then we went with Malathion, Sevin and a whole witches brew of stuff. It finally came down to a decision between burning the trees or chasing each individual bug down and hitting it with a hammer. Go with beneficial bugs if you can.


31 posted on 06/21/2008 9:02:44 AM PDT by oldfart (The most dangerous man is the one who has nothing left to lose.)
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To: GreenAccord
This is a job for that eminent, wordly, intelligent Al Gore.

He is not only a climatology expert, but is an expert on entomology.

This Man-Bear-Pig knows his bugs.

32 posted on 06/21/2008 9:07:59 AM PDT by CWWren (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress....but I repeat myself.)
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To: ErnBatavia; GreenAccord
... but be forewarned that most of 'em will fly right away.

I got two sets of lady bugs and I thought most of them had flown away, but I'm still noticing them all over my yard over a year later so maybe they didn't fly very far.

33 posted on 06/21/2008 9:10:11 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: dayglored

heh heh heh...you said homo...heh heh heh


34 posted on 06/21/2008 9:11:52 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: girlangler

Bad for some trees too.

They poo everywhere, sometimes leaving driveways and sidewalks black.


35 posted on 06/21/2008 9:13:06 AM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: GreenAccord
guess what the pesticide left dead all over the patio?


36 posted on 06/21/2008 9:14:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Concho

It is interesting to watch wasps apparently farm these aphid colonies. Don’t know if the eat the aphids, but they seem to go after the sugary aphid secretions.


37 posted on 06/21/2008 9:14:36 AM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
> heh heh heh...you said homo...heh heh heh

Oh, it's worse than that! Order "Homoptera" is so-named for the shape of the rostrum (a beak-like mouth part) which is used for sucking the juices out of... oh, never mind...

38 posted on 06/21/2008 9:16:30 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: girlangler

hubby is out fishing as we speak/I work. He got rained/lightninged out—had to come off the boat, now he’s fishing off the dock where he works/Marine Fisheries. Storm is almost gone. we really need the rain, didn’t get much.

girlangler—you’d love his job! He gets to fish all day, takes measurements, and gets paid to do it! He loves it. He gets to shock and see what floats to the top so he knows where to fish on personal time. Last summer the water was so salty the shocker wouldn’t work.


39 posted on 06/21/2008 9:20:03 AM PDT by gardengirl
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To: GreenAccord
Aphids.

Spray bottle, water, one or two drops of liquid soap and lightly mist your trees. That should take care of it.

Or you can take off and nuke the place from orbit if you want to be sure.

40 posted on 06/21/2008 9:22:39 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes into it.)
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To: GreenAccord

Diatomaceous earth will get rid of them. PLUS it’s good for all plants,trees etc. Kills fleas, ticks, internal worms.


41 posted on 06/21/2008 9:25:30 AM PDT by mommadooo3 (Old concept in justice. If the law won't take care of it, it's just us.)
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To: GreenAccord

Just hope you dont find one of these on your lounger.

42 posted on 06/21/2008 9:29:05 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: Tainan
I thought it was lighter fluid and a shaver...

dont forget the ice pick....

43 posted on 06/21/2008 9:37:19 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: wideminded
I got two sets of lady bugs

If they're orangish in color (not to confuse them with the reddish lady bug) they're Asian Lady beetles. Over the past few years here in Michigan they have increased astronomically. Except last year there didn't seem to be too many of them. Usually when it starts to get cold in the fall we would see them all over the warm buildings........and they bite too but not bad.

44 posted on 06/21/2008 9:41:37 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: Hot Tabasco
I was talking about lady bugs that I bought at a garden store and released in my yard, mainly to kill aphids on some roses.

I'm familiar with the Asian Lady Beetles because they appeared all over my son's college dorm in Minnesota. Apparently they prefer to land on light-colored buildings.

45 posted on 06/21/2008 9:55:20 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: djf

will the soap and water work on all flowers, trees, etc.?


46 posted on 06/21/2008 10:01:39 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature

Pretty much. Most plants are very tolerant of a mild soap mix.

I know it kills aphids, I’m not sure about spiders or ants or whatever.


47 posted on 06/21/2008 10:08:58 AM PDT by djf (I don't believe in perpetual motion. Perpetual mutton, that's another thing entirely!)
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To: GreenAccord

DDT works quite well on all kinds of bugs, but I’m not sharing what little I have left. ;)

Soapy water in a pump up sprayer also works on a lot of insects and the infamous killer bees too!


48 posted on 06/21/2008 10:13:08 AM PDT by SouthTexas (If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!)
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To: djf

Thanks. I’ll try it today.


49 posted on 06/21/2008 10:15:51 AM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (Senator McCain, what did GWB promise you back in 2000? And you believed him? BWAHAAAAA!)
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To: GreenAccord

I had this same problem. I found a very effective solution. If you shoot a bunch of M-80’s up into the tree with a slingshot, right after lighting each one, the leaves will be blown off of the tree. The little critters will promptly go elsewhere in their search for foilage. I also find that a tumbler of whiskey beforehand really improves my aim & proficiency. Good Luck!


50 posted on 06/21/2008 10:18:12 AM PDT by weeder
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