Are aphids contending with your plant growth? Discover how to get rid of aphids successfully. Aphids can be pretty problematic and cause a lot of damages to your growing plants. They feed on your plant leaving them exposed to disease and cause stunted growth, yellowing of leaves, and coiling of leaves.
Aphids can also attract other pests to your garden. They secret a sugary substance as they suck on your plants. This sugary substance attracts ants thereby giving you ants problems.
Tips on How to Get Rid of Aphids on Plants
Aphids are so tiny that you might not notice them. So the first thing you want to do is to identify and be sure you have aphid infestation and it’s not just a disease. After identification, you can now proceed to treatment.
Let’s talk about some of the things you can do to get rid of aphids.
Getting Rid of Aphids: Natural Method
- Essential Oils: One easy and safest method of eliminating aphids is with the use of essential oils like peppermint, clove, rosemary, and thyme. Essential oils for aphids are natural organic sprays and they are environmentally safe for your plants and beneficial insects. Use up to 5 drops of oils and mix in water, spray the oil mixture on the infested plants. This will focus on adult aphids, larvae, and eggs.
- Water Mixed with Soap: you can make some natural aphid spray with some liquid soap mixed with water. Spray the affected areas. Always apply every 2 to 3 days for 14 days straight. The soap water will eliminate aphids without affecting beneficial insects.
Side Note: Some soap can be bad for your plant. Always choose the purest form. You can test a small portion when applying soap and water and monitor the plant for a couple of days. If there are no side effects on your plant you can proceed to apply soap and water on the rest of the aphid infested plants.
- Stream of Water: you can also knock off aphid from your plants with a strong stream of a water hose. You will need to repeat this process every 2-3 days for at least two weeks for successful elimination.
- Predators: invite and encourage predators to naturally eliminate aphids. These predators will feed on aphids and their larvae. Examples of these predators are ladybugs, parasitic wasp, beetle, and birds.
- Growing Beneficial Plants: you can grow some plants that will repel aphids, e.g. catnip, garlic, and onions. You can also grow some plant varieties that will attract beneficial insects that will feed on these aphids. e.g. clover, fennel, mint, and yarrow.
Chemical Method- Aphid Control
If you have a serious aphid infestation, you can go for some pesticides. But make sure you have tried all the natural methods. Pesticides may harm some beneficial predatory insects and pollination bees. You can go with systematic pesticides.
After a successful elimination of aphids, you want to take some preventive measures to make sure they never return. So here are some preventive measures:
- Always encourage beneficial insects and predatory birds.
- Always take a close look at your plant and apply some essential oils if you notice any aphid eggs.
- Grow more beneficial plants.