Hi there, these little bugs have started to show up on lots of new shoots on my camellias. They don’t appear to be eating the leaves or shoots yet…..but do I need to be concerned and if so, what are they and how do a treat/prevent them? Otherwise, all healthy! Thanks
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Sorry to hear about your pest issue on your camellias. I'm sure our resident D.I.Y. expert @EricL will be able to offer some suggestions on how to prevent them when he's back online later today. Let me also tag our garden experts @mich1972 and @Noelle for their thoughts in the meantime.
Did you manage to have a read of the Bunnings guide Growing, pruning, and caring for camellias that @MitchellMc suggested in response to your query on how to trim camellias earlier this year? It's got a brief section on the type of pests that these plants generally attract which might come in handy while waiting to hear from our experts.
Good morning @DIYKeith looks like your Camellia has black Aphids attacking it. With aphids you can get your garden hose and spray them off as you see them. Otherwise spray them with a Pyrethrum spray. Please make sure you wear the appropriate protective clothing, mask, gloves when applying chemical spray in your garden and don’t spray during the day in the heat, apply early morning or evening 🪴😃
The last thing you want to happen is for the black aphids to get a foothold on your plants. Looking at the photos you posted it seems that it is still in very good condition and the infestation has just started. I would go with @mich1972 and @Noelle's advice to use a Pyrethrum insect spray and keeping an eye out for aphids on your other plants.
Please remember to wear personal protection such as appropriate clothing, gloves, goggles and a proper mask when using the insecticide. Please make sure to follow all the safety precautions printed at the back of the product.
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