Aphids 
(aka Greenflies, Blackflies, and Whiteflies)

Aphidoidea - One of the gardener's worst enemies --- these little guys arrive in small numbers, and as sap sucking insects they essentially drink you plants sap --- the essential sugars and nutrients being transported around the plants organs. Before you know it, their population has exploded, partially due to their ability to both sexually and asexually reproduce, as well as each female being able to produce thousands of descendants, each of which sucking your plants life out of them!

It's safe to say aphids constitute a formidable foe! But hope is not lost --- far from it! We have a few little bugs that we can put to work for us. 
Personally we recommend using both the ladybird and lacewing larvae - the first two product listed on the products page. 

Ladybirds

Coccinellidae - As well as helping to pollinate your flowers and veg, ladybirds eat countless aphids each day (more than 4,000 in their lifetime), gorging themselves on your infestation, both in their larval stage (shown on the right) and in their adult stage as the iconic 'ladybird' or 'ladybug' we all know so well. Our products include native British Adalia bipuncata, which are best released at night time to ensure they settle and stay resident in your patch; ladybird habitats to help encourage permanent 'defense towers'; ladybird attractants to encourage those naturally in your area to join in the fight. Can also be used indoors. Take a look!

Lacewings

Neuroptera - A great all round defense, lacewing larvae will happily much through aphids and a range of other bugs attacking your patch. So long as your garden or allotment has sheltered areas, lacewings can overwinter, providing you a long term solution to garden invaders. On top of that, as their name suggests, they are a very attractive little critter! With a pack of 500 larvae for 22.95 on our products page, you can't go wrong! Have a look now!

 Ladybird larva munching on an aphid

Lacewing