Root Aphid Control

Root aphids are commonly found feeding on the roots of plants.

Like other aphids, the root aphid feeds on a plant’s vascular system as well as the stems of plants. 

Damage from root aphids typically results in withered, curled, and yellow leaves, similar to signs of nutrient deficiencies. Fruits and blossoms on aphid infested plants will be small, stunted, and generally less desirable as nutrition is siphoned away from them.

Root aphids can leave plants vulnerable to root rot, mildew, and disease. 

So what works best for Root Aphid control?...

Root aphids are notoriously difficult to deal with once populations establish in your garden; therefore, acting preventatively is crucial. Regular releases of Dalotia coriari (Rove beetle) in combination with Hypoaspis (Stratiolaelaps scrimitis) is the best use for root aphid control. There has also been success using the predatory nematode, Stenernema feltiae as a preventative treatment.

Dalotia coriaria: Fungus Gnats, Shore Fly, Thrips, Springtails, and Root Aphids.

Stratiolaelaps scimitus: Fungus Gnat Larvae, Thrips, Sciarid Flies, Shore Flies, Root Aphids, Springtails, Root Mealybugs and Poultry Mites.

Stenernema feltiaeFungus gnat larvae, Root Aphids, Leaf Miners, Shore Flies, and Thrips.