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Main aphids in Africa: Black bean aphid ([i]Aphis fabae[/i]), Cabbage aphid ([i]Brevycoryne brassicae/Myzus persicae[/i]), Groundnut aphid ([i]A.craccivora[/i]), Cotton aphid ([i]A.gossypii[/i]), Russian wheat aphid ([i]Diuraphis noxia[/i]), Cypress aphid ([i]Cinara cupressi[/i])

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Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Minor Pest Title: 

Aphids (Aphis gossypii and other species)

Minor Pest Description: 

Aphids suck sap from leaves and stems. They may cause considerable damage during periods of water stress. Aphids are vectors of virus diseases.

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Conserve natural enemies. Aphids are attacked by a wide range of natural enemies, which are very important in natural control of these pests.
  • Use reflective mulches. Reflective aluminium mulches deter aphids from landing on plants. The effect is lost once plants are large enough to cover the mulch.
  • Neem extract and soap sprays have been reported effective against aphids.

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Other Crops: 
Apple trees, Cauliflower
Host Plants: 
Sweet potato