Bamboo: Aphids

categories: Bamboo Bamboo Insects Ornamentals Shrubs

revision date: 2024-06-05 02:04

Aphid colony on leaf.
Aphid colony on leaf
Photo by: A.L. Antonelli


Aphids on bamboo are yellowish to light green insects with pear-shaped bodies. They typically feed in large clusters on the underside of leaves and may produce large amounts of honeydew. The shiny, sticky honeydew can become covered with a growth of black sooty mold. Bamboo plants heavily infested with aphids may show yellowing, distorted or dead foliage and stunted shoots.

Management Options

Use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for successful plant problem management.

Non-chemical Management

Select non-chemical management options as your first choice!

  • Wash aphids from plants with a strong stream of water.
  • Hand-wipe or prune to control small, localized infestations (when practical).
  • Encourage aphid predators and parasites, including ladybird beetles, lacewings, and parasitic wasps. Avoid use of broad-spectrum insecticides which may kill these beneficial insects.
  • Control honeydew-feeding ants, which may protect aphid colonies.
  • Provide proper nutrition. High levels of nitrogen in the foliage encourage aphid reproduction. Switch to a slow-release or low-nitrogen fertilizer.
  • Inspect plants closely for presence of the pest prior to purchasing or transplanting.

Chemical Management

IMPORTANT: Visit Home and Garden Fact Sheets for more information on using pesticides.

  • If aphids are numerous and there is no evidence of natural controls present, and listed nonchemical methods are inappropriate, apply a chemical method listed below.
  • Direct applications to undersides of leaves.
  • Homeowners should not make foliar applications to trees over 10 ft tall.
  • Consult a commercial pesticide applicator for treatment of trees and shrubs over 10 ft. tall.

Approved Pesticides

Listed below are examples of pesticides that are legal in Washington. Always read and follow all label directions.

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