Gardening is a fun hobby that can bring you happiness and relaxation – but do you know what’s not fun? Aphids. These soft-bodied flying pests feed on the juices of your plants and multiply quickly, so at the first sign of them you have to take action. If your plants are being attacked by aphids, the leaves will appear misshapen, curled, or yellow. You may also notice a sticky substance on the leaves, a secretion which acts as a dinner bell to other insects.
8 Tricks to Eliminate Aphids
- Spot them. When you spy cotton-like threads around new buds and leaves, you know you have aphids. They also hang out together in bunches, so, although they are tiny, they should be easy to spot.
- Squash them. If you have the time and patience, you can search and squish the aphids manually – it’s very effective. Sure, you may miss some, but by using a natural insecticide like Pure 3-Way, you’ll surely get rid of the stragglers. Be sure to wash your hands well afterwards or wear garden gloves.
- Companion plant. Plant your aphid-attracting plants, like roses and tomatoes, alongside aphid-discouraging plants, such as garlic, chives, onions, mint, or petunias. Plants grown with these are less likely to be attacked by aphids.
- Sick ladybugs on them. Ladybugs are a natural predator of aphids, so they will eat your problem right up. You can purchase the ladybugs online or from specialist nurseries. Release them close to the aphids in an area that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides, which can kill them.
- Blast them with the hose. Depending on how sensitive your plant, you can blast aphids off of your plant with a stream of water from a hose.
- Scatter flour. Sprinkle flour over the aphids. The flour will cover the aphids and they will drop off. Simple as that
- Put a banana peel in the soil. Cut up banana peels or use dried banana pieces for this and place them 1 to 2 inches into the ground around the base of your aphid-prone plants. Soon enough, the aphids will disappear.
- Use a natural insecticide. If these home remedies don’t seem to do the trick, simply treat your infested plants with an insecticide like Pure 3-Way. This product incorporates lemongrass oil, a natural insecticide that will make sure your problem goes away without harming your plant, or anything else for that matter!
Keeping your plants healthy doesn’t have to be a hassle. By using Green Thumb you can stay ahead of the game, preventing pests, mold, and mildew from harming your plant while benefiting your foliage at the same time.