\ ˈā-fəd How to pronounce aphid (audio) also ˈa-fəd\

Definition of aphid

: any of numerous very small soft-bodied homopterous insects (superfamily Aphidoidea) that suck the juices of plants

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Pests controlled: Use horticultural oils to combat aphids, mites, beetles, leaf miners, caterpillars, thrips, leafhoppers, and whiteflies. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Organic Pest Control Techniques For Your Garden," 18 Dec. 2017 Use a strong spray of water to dislodge aphids, repeat often. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 Other species of true bugs include stink bugs, cicadas, aphids and leafhoppers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Milkweed offers great learning activity for kids," 10 Aug. 2019 The virus is transmitted by cotton aphids and can be passed in less than a minute. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "How Alabama cotton farmers cope with incurable virus," 16 July 2019 While spruce pollen is irritating to local residents, the massive pollen release could be a boon to the region’s forests, which have been decimated in recent years by beetle and aphid infestations brought on by rising temperatures. The Economist, "Alaska’s changing climate," 4 July 2019 Avelar adds that this can also help keep aphids (insects that feed on plant sap) away. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "11 Surprising Ways to Use Your Baking Soda," 6 Mar. 2019 Some of the most popular items on birds' menus include beetles, flies, ants, moths, aphids, grasshoppers and crickets. Doyle Rice, ajc, "Yum! Birds eat up to 550 million tons of insects each year," 9 July 2018 Why are there aphids and white flies in the school greenhouses? Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Lake County school garden program forms 'a sense of community' at low-income schools," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of aphid

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of aphid

: a very small insect that harms plants


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Kids Definition of aphid

: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants

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