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What Are Aphids

Safe Solution for Aphids - Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point.

What Are Aphids

Every plant can have an aphid issue at some point.  What are aphids and what damage do they do? Aphids feed on all plants and leaves by piercing stems and leaves and sucking the fluid out of them.

What Does An Aphid Look Like?

What does an aphid look like? Very small insect with a pear-shaped body..
Can appear white, black, brown, gray, yellow and light green, depending on the type.
They feed on just about every plant in every zone.
  • Very small insect with a pear-shaped body..
  • Can appear white, black, brown, gray, yellow and light green, depending on the type.
  • They feed on just about every plant in every zone.

What Damage Do Aphids Do To Plants?

What Damage Do Aphids Do To Plants? Aphids suck the life out of your plants.  They pierce stem. leaves and suck the fluid out of the plant.

Aphids suck the life out of your plants.  They pierce stem. leaves and suck the fluid out of the plant.


They Compete With The Monarch

One of the largest issues that Monarch caterpillar larvae battle is aphids. Aphids compete for the larvae food source.


6 Ways to Rid of Them


1.) Lady Beetle Farming

  • An easy way to rid yourself of aphids quickly is to purchase live lady beetles and release them to take care of your garden pests
  •  The lady beetle and lady beetle larva both eat aphids
  • One lady beetle can consume up to 5000 aphids a year
  •  A good way to be sure they are doing the job they were purchased for is to net them in and then release them within the net
  • Simple and organic solution to get rid of the pest
  • Besides sending in the troops, you might end up have a colony stick around the yard after you remove the netting

2.) Homemade Mix

DIY recipe to get rid of aphids on garden plants and flowers
  • 1 quart of water, 1 tsp of Dawn dish soap and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  •  Mix well and spray on plants
  • For indoor and outdoor potted plants
  •  It works well
  • Have to mix this solution every two days and apply it for about two weeks time

3.) Bayer 2 In 1 Insect Protection Plus Fertilizer Spikes

  • Protects and feeds for up to 8 weeks without spraying
  • For indoor and outdoor potted plants
  • Easy-to-Use Plant Spikes
  • Kills Insects and Feeds Plants for up to 2 Months
  • Use in Potted Plants, Indoors or Outdoors
  • Kills Aphids, Leafhoppers, Mealybugs, Plant bugs, Scales, Thrips and Whiteflies
  • Use on potted roses, palms, ficus, houseplants, hibiscus, flowers, vines, and containerized shrubs and trees.

4.) Sticky Traps


5.) Hot Pepper Wax

  • Repels up to three weeks
  • Normal rains or irrigation cannot wash it off
  • Protects against insects including aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and beet armyworms and cabbage loopers

6.) Neem Oil

  • Insecticidal soaps, and horticultural oils are effective against aphids.
  • Neem Oil is 100% organic.
  • Do not apply is hot sun.
  • Be sure to follow the application instructions provided on the packaging.

In the End, They All Work Fairly Well

As you can see there are safe solutions for aphids- get rid of them for good. The solutions to ridding yourself of aphids are relatively simple. It all depends on how you would like to do so. Some ways are a little more labor intensive than others. In the end, they all work fairly well.

Remember, aphids are usually an issue for a gardener at some point.  No worries, you got this!

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