How To Get Rid Of Aphids Safely

Distorted yellowish leaves, stunted growth, and an ugly black sticky substance on the plant can mean you have aphids.

Aphids feed on a wide variety of plants and, in severe cases, the plant does not develop. As they feed, they secrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which quickly becomes infested with sooty black mold.

They also spread viruses, many of which are incurable. For this reason, it is important to take steps to control aphids in the garden.

Killing aphids naturally is not only better for the environment, but it is also more effective. You can keep them in check by taking advantage of their weaknesses and making a few changes to the way you manage your garden.

How to get rid of aphids naturally

Aphids have several natural enemies, and these insects are far better at controlling aphids than any other method available to gardeners.

Pampering and nurturing your natural enemies is an excellent way to control organic aphids. Introduce beneficial insects like lacewings and ladybugs into your garden as a natural way to kill aphids.

Nearby crops of mint, fennel, dill, yarrow, and dandelion will help attract these insects to your garden. Pesticides are more likely to kill predatory insects than aphids, so the insect population generally increases after spraying.

Using natural ways to kill aphids preserves the insects' natural enemies while creating a hostile environment for aphids.

While the predatory insects are hell-bent on destroying the aphids, the ants in the garden are your sworn protectors. The ants feed on the honeydew produced by aphids, so they should defend this precious resource.

Getting rid of ants so that predatory insects can do their job is an important part of a good aphid control program. Control ants by trimming the underside of the plant so they don't touch the ground and allow easy access.

Cover the bottom of the stem with a sticky substance to prevent ants from climbing. You can apply the sticky substance directly to the trunk of thick bark trees and shrubs.

Wrap the stems of other plants in duct tape and apply the product to the tape, not the stem. Most of the time, however, using an organic aphid control pesticide, such as neem oil, will take care of the ants as well.

Organic aphid control

Killing aphids naturally is better for your plants, the environment, and beneficial insects in your garden. Here are some natural deterrents for controlling aphids.

Grow young plants under row covers. Remember to remove the covers when the plants begin to flower. Use aluminum foil or reflective mulch on the ground under the plants.

While you may not want to do this in your flower garden, reflective garden mulch is a very effective deterrent. A strong stream of water from a hose will pull many aphids off the plant and they will not be able to return. It also removes some of the molasses.

Spray the plant every day until it is free of aphids. Grow plants to control aphids at home. Plants like the following are attractive to aphids and good at controlling organic aphids.

Growing these plants away from other garden plants will attract aphids and keep them free of aphids:

  • Aster
  • Mother
  • Cosmos
  • Hollyhock
  • Larkspur
  • Tuberous begonia
  • Verbena
  • Dahlia
  • Zinnia

You can also try planting garlic or onions near infested plants, as the smell keeps aphids away.

We hope you enjoy this video about how to get rid of Aphids organically:

Source: GrowOrganic Peaceful Valley

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