Aphid is a name for a large group of insects, many of which can cause serious damage to plants. They extract sap from plants causing a reduction in plant growth, reduced yields, and sometimes defoliation. Aphids can also secrete toxic substances into the plants. The Aphids take proteins from the sap and then excrete the excess sugar left in the sap back onto plants. This causes a sticky mess on the leaves, which black moulds often grow on.
Aphids are soft bodied and often shed white skins onto leaves. Adult Aphids can be green, yellow, pink, black, grey or brown.
The Aphiscout parasites are suppled in a cardboard cylinder container. This features a nectar pad for the hatched parasites to gain energy from before they search for Aphids to parasitise and kill. The cylinder also consists of a double layered label which can be used to suspend the opened cylinder in the crop or amongst plants. The parasites will hatch from the cylinder and start to search for Aphids.
Full instructions will be provided on delivery.
Use Aphiscout for indoor protection against Aphids in greenhouses and protected structures.
One unit will treat an area of up to 200m2.
Repeat applications may be required for heavy infestations of Aphids, or if treating Aphids over a season. In such cases it is recommended that you introduce the Aphiscout every 2 weeks (in a peak Aphid season).
In cases of lighter infestation, it is recommended that the Aphiscout is introduced for at least 3 weeks.
Aphiscout contains living creatures that can be affected by any chemical pesticides used within the previous few weeks. As a general guide, refrain from using Pyrethrum or SB Plant Invigorator 2 days prior to use. Other chemicals insecticides can have long lasting residues that could harm the Aphiscout parasites and others for much longer periods. Refrain from using these products or check with Dragonfli for information on the effect of these products on our predators.