• Eggs and adult psyllid
  • Eugenia hedge plant with blistering caused by psyllids
  • Psyllid damage on Pittosporum
  • Eggs and adult psyllid
  • Eugenia hedge plant with blistering caused by psyllids
  • Psyllid damage on Pittosporum

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Psyllids cause a variety of symptoms such as tiny lumps on leaves, distorted shoots and sooty mould. They are also the insect vector of the disease psyllid yellows.


Psyllids are small sap sucking insects usually about the size of aphids. Nymphs have a flat shell like covering.

Psyllids cause a variety of symptoms on plants such as Eugenia and Greselinia hedging and Pittosporum. Symptoms include tiny lumps or dimples on the leaves of the plant, distorted shoots, tip dieback and sooty mould. They can also cause wilting and irregular brown, yellow or orange patches on some ornamentals.

Psyllids are the main vector spreading a bacterial disease that causes psyllid yellows in tomatoes, capsicums and tamarillos and zebra potatoes. The control of this disease is only possible through control of the psyllid insects.


How to get rid of psyllids follow these steps:

Avoid bringing infected plants into your garden. During winter remove all plants that could be host to infection. Inspect susceptible plants regularly for signs of infection or infestation with psyllids. Remove and dispose of any plants that show symptoms of infection.

For ornamental plants such as Eugenia and Greselinia hedging, and other non-crop plants apply PLANThealth Insect Hit or Rose Force to foliage and/or sprinkle PLANThealth Insect Hit Granules around roots and water in.

Control Ants and the Sap Sucking Insects they 'Farm' in Trees, Shrubs and Ornamantals

Apply PLANThealth Insect Hit Granules on the the soil around the roots of affected plants. This kills and prevents ants moving up the plants, and is systemic and taken up by the roots of the plant to control the sap sucking psyllids and other insects directly.

Use Organic Insect Control  with Pyrethrum to crop plants, paying particular attention to the underside of leaves where adults and nymphs live. Follow product instructions for use on crops carefully.

Inspect plants regularly for the presence of psyllids, so that treatments can be applied while numbers are low.

  • Remove, bag and disposes of as much leaf litter in the area as possible as this may harbour eggs.
  • Apply PLANThealth Insect Hit to ornamental plants as protection or on finding any psyllids.
  • Apply Organic Insect Control to affected crop plants. Concentrate on the underside of the leaves, where most of the psyllid adults and nymphs live.
  • More than one application may be required (14 days apart) to kill all the nymphs.
  • It is important to control psyllids on young plants as they are most vulnerable to psyllid yellows. Older plants are still vulnerable to infection by the bacterium, but any fruit that is set will still be harvestable

There are no treatments for Psyllid Yellows (the bacterial disease spread by psyllids) available at this time. Control of psyllids is the best way to manage this disease.

Did you know

The scientific name of the tomato/potato psyllid is - Bactericera cockerelli

The name of the bacterium that the psyllids spread and causes disease in tomatoes, potatoes, capsicums and tamarillos is Liberibacter solanacearum

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