Aphids: How to get rid of aphids

Aphids_on_leaf APHIDS are a plant and garden pest that suck plant juice... yes suckers, who, after the aphids suck, excrete a mixture called "honey dew" on the plant that beckons ants to come visit your plants.

Honey dew from the aphids in the garden is what ants just love. You will notice that the ants protect, milk and farm the aphids on the garden plants so that the ants can dine on aphid "honey dew" whenever they want.

The plants in your garden have way to many aphids because the ants are making certain that when they are crawling on the garden plants, they have a meal to sustain their daily efforts.

Aphids multiply so fast that 47 generations can occur in a single growing season. That means this garden pest is a major problem for your plants no matter where they are.

This huge family of aphids need\ a lot to eat and will destroy your young plant growth and degrade the plant quality in no time at all.

BIOLOGICAL CONTROL:

  • Control the ants in your garden: Visit our ant page for the "how to get rid of"
  • There are many ways to control aphids in your garden biologically. Attracting beneficials like hover flies, fungi, fly larvae, lady bug, earwigs, katydids, ground beetles, mantis, and spiders by planting flowers and herbs, sweet alyssum. Of course ants do not always show up when you need them to control the aphids.
  • Using parasitic wasps in the garden to do the job of killing the aphid larvae works quite well and are available for purchase here.
  • Nature does some of the pest control in your garden for you at no charge, but you can also purchase some of these biological agents...or have your resident local or internet based professional apply them to your garden for you.
  • Plants can provide a natural organic pest control for you in your garden. Zinnas, tansy, anise, spearmint, chive, garlic, coriander, calendula, borage, nasturtium, petunia, cosmos, and pennyroyal are good candidates to help with keeping the aphid population on your plants and in your garden under control. Horticultural oil may also do the job for you.
  • Pruning the plant part that are affected.

CHEMICAL CONTROL: Toxic or Non Toxic (Organic)

  • Control the ants in your garden: Visit our ant page for the "how to get rid of"
  • You can purchase services locally or on the internet or apply chemically based insecticides yourself to your young growing plants. The choices are liquids, powders, dusts, and granules. Insectcidal soap for example. You can chose the aphid poison to use in the garden...toxic or organic.

MECHANICAL CONTROL:

  • (NO COST TIP) Hand select and squish each aphid you see on the plants in your garden.
  • Purchase yellow sticky traps designed to grab aphids and place them around your garden.
  • Purchase services where the contractor uses a suction trap to suck up all aphids that pass by riding the winds into or out of your garden.
  • Cover your young plants with a fine mesh net. Very fine. Aphids are very small.
  • (NO COST TIP) Spray your plants in the garden, strongly but lovingly with a strong direct spray of water...blast them off. Or use a spray of soapy water, or a flour and water mixture.
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