Aphids

Aphids, or plant lice, are related to the leafhopper. They feed on the undersides of the youngest leaves and on tender shoots, and reproduce very rapidly. Aphids transmit blueberry shoestring virus, which can be very damaging to commercial blueberry producers.(Elsner and Whalon, 1998)

Aphids have many natural enemies like ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps. Encouraging these natural enemies with habitat plantings can keep aphids and other pests on blueberries below economic thresholds. Remove the virus-infected plants, which will have bright red streaks or straplike leaves. Avoid overfertilization of the crop. Organic growers can also use insecticidal soap to control aphids.

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