What are these little black bugs in my Chives, Welsh and Spring onions? They don't seem to be eating anything, they are clustered around the base and a short way up some of the stems.
I really can't tell much from the picture. However insects are quite purposeful. If they are on your plants they are not there for a vacation. The most likely candidate are aphids who come in many colours.
Try a spray of soap and water at 5 ml/litre. Spray and leave on for a few minutes then rinse with water.
If they don't come back, job done!
They're onion aphids. They infest my green onions, and garlic. Although visible on the green garlic shoots, they get into the bulb. I've even found them inside garlic imported from overseas.
Just keep washing them off with water. But I find that they keep coming back if the plants are in anyway weakened by non-perfect growing conditions.
I woke up to find my chive plant (which has thrived for many years without any bugs) infested with these aphids! When I say infested I’m talking what looked to be like millions... I tried spraying them with a mixture of water baking soda and dish soap and it really did nothing- of course hosing them down didn’t work either- I had to cut down the plant completely. The base and all the soil around the base were covered...Deep at the base I found what seem to be like the queen bigger red ones I’m not sure if they something that looks like an exact but I found one of those too... these bags will stick all over you if you try to clean them up..I put gloves on and cut the plant completely down...After that there are still hundreds of survivors if not thousands that started going to my neighboring spinach plants and everywhere else they could... it was a mess!