Bonsai Acer problem

On close inspection of a couple of my Acer bonsai tree’s today i noticed tiny black things surrounding swelling  leave nodes. I  am presuming these to be aphid eggs that have overwintered on the plants, as  i don’t use chemicals in the garden, what do i do to help my plant?

The internet was no help so i tried to remove them manualy with my finger nail but what i didnt want to do is knock any nodes off in the process, so after a cup of tea and some thought, i used a 1 inch soft paintbrush to brush of each individual node  such patience but it worked and  it will be worth it to see my beautiful leaves emerge unscathed.

If anyone can advise please leave a comment

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