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Hi there,

Is there a safe way to help control the aphids that are showing up on my Hibiscus plants? I have two small children and I am trying to avoid putting chemical on the plants since my girls like to pick the flowers. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks for your time! :-)

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Susan,

Insecticidal soap is the safest way to control aphids and is very effective, see http://www.livingwithbugs.com/insecticidal_soap.html for some background. Be sure to use genuine insecticidal soap not household liquid soap.

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Jack DeAngelis

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I can answer questions in any area of entomology (study of insects, spiders, mites, ticks, and other terrestrial arthropods). Contact me about home and garden insects such as aphids and spider mites, insects that bite and sting such as ticks and wasps, and insects that damage homes such as carpenter ants and termites.

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20 years as university extension entomologist, now retired; currently publish a website about home and garden insects.

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see www.livingwithbugs.com/resume.html Fine Gardening magazine

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Ph.D. in Entomology (the study of insects)

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