Having a beautiful garden means that you have to control plant pests. Aphids, also sometimes referred to as plant lice, are common plant pests that you may see in high numbers in your garden. They appear as very small green, yellow, or black insects and they love to feed off of your plants. They not only can weaken your plants by sucking the juices out of the stems and leaves, but they are also well known for spreading diseases from one plant to another. These are the best ways I have found to remove aphids from my garden:
Natural predators are important in keeping the aphid populations at bay. Some of the top predators that eat aphids are the lady bug, lady beetle, and flower bug. They all love to eat the aphids and will control the numbers of them on your plants. You can purchase ladybugs and their larvae from pest control centers, the internet, and some garden stores.
Wash Them Away
If you are seeing aphids on your plants, spray the plants down. Rinse as many aphids off of the plants as you can see. This very simple solution often does help out a great deal. Once the aphids are washed off the plants, they will typically die. I have found spraying my plants with water is the easiest first defense to try. Make sure to spray all parts of the plant, including under leaves. They very quickly reproduce, so getting them all off of every plant is important
Another very good option for getting aphids off of plants is to wash them away with a homemade mixture that is more likely to kill the aphids than just water. I find adding dish soap to a spray bottle of water does a great job at getting rid of aphids. Dish soap has a drying effect, so by misting them with this solution, it dries them out and kills them. Homemade plant pest remedies are a better idea than pesticides for plants that will bear fruit or vegetables.
Using pesticides is an option for getting rid of your aphid infestation. Every plant that I have had aphids on, responded very well to pesticides. The aphids were killed, and were no longer a problem. You can find the correct pesticide in home improvement stores or your local garden stores. You may not find this to be the best option if you are growing fruits and vegetables.
Oil can be a helpful solution to getting aphids off of plants. Oil will kill these plant pests and protect your plants from them. Regular vegetable oil can be used by mixing it with water and misting onto your plants or you may choose to simply rub oil onto your plants for protection. There are many natural oil sprays that you can buy at garden stores that are safe for your plants and do a very good job at getting rid of aphids.
Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions are two of the things that aphids hate. You may find it useful to mix some garlic or onions into a solution of water and spray it onto the plant. This is a natural and effective aphid killing mixture that I have found to be beneficial. Another really good option that I feel helps with the aphids in my garden is by planting garlic and onion plants all around my garden. The aphids hate these plants and the vegetables they bear, so it provides an added protection for your other plants. Not to mention, planting these plants will give you some great vegetables to cook with.
It’s also extremely important to remember to remove all aphids from plants before bringing them indoors for the winter season. Aphids reproduce at an astounding rate and can quickly become a problem when natural predators are no longer available to keep them under control.