5 Ways How To Get Rid Of Aphids

If you ever walk around your garden admiring your plants, and spot a couple curled, yellowish leaves, there’s a good chance your plant is infected by aphids( little green guys). In this article you will discover 5 ways how to get rid of aphids.

Some aphid species inject a toxin into plants, which causes leaves to curl and further distorts growth. A few species of aphids attack parts of plants other than leaves and shoots. Aphids can also transmit viruses for one plant to another and are usually carried around by ants which is annoying.

How To Get Rid Of Aphids

1. Hand Removal

For a minor infestation of aphids, you can try to remove the aphids from your plants, using your hands. Put on a pair of gloves and brush of the aphids from the stem and leaves. if the aphids have only infected one to two stalks or branches, prune off the infected portion/s and drop them in soapy water to kill the aphids.

2.Water Pressure

It may damage younger, fragile plants, this method is effective at controlling a small aphid. Infestation on the more stable and well-established plant, and with normal water. You need a lot of pressure in the water to get rid of the aphids, simply a garden hose will do.

3. Spraying Soapy Water

The most efficient and easiest way to get rid of aphids is by using simply any soap including dish soap, handwash, etc. Add a couple of tablespoons of soap to warm water and stir. Make sure to have something that you can use to apply the soapy water to the infested area e.g. spray bottle, sponge, etc.

when the water makes contact with the aphids, the soap will dissolve the waxy coating from aphids bodies, dehydrating and killing them without harming the plant. The only problem with the soapy water is that other natural predator insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, and hoverflies will also die. This can lead to aphids coming back with no natural predators.

4. Introduce natural Predators

Ladybirds and ladybugs larvae are the biggest predators for aphids. If you find ladybirds around in your garden pick them up gently in your hand and take them to an infested plant and the ladybird will take care of them. Be careful ants protect aphids because many species of ants favorite food is the honeydew secreted by feeding aphids.

bug-eating birds( wrens, chickadees, titmice) are also predators for aphids, you can attract these by offering free food and housing space. These birds prefer nests in small trees and twiggy shrubs for good cover and to hide from predators.

5. Natural Aromas

Aphids dislike the smell of onions and garlic. If you grow these and other Alliums(garlic, scallion, shallot, leek, and chives) around your garden or near infested areas so aphids are discouraged to visit your garden. At the same time, you’re growing your own crop.

Thank you for reading i hope your plants are now aphid free