Aphids are some of the most harmful insects to have in your garden. They pierce the stems, especially the tender and new growth, to suck the rich sap which is rich in nutrients. They also carry viruses that can be harmful to crops like potatoes, grains, greens like bok choy and lettuce, and citrus fruits.
An aphid infestation may start out in a small area in your garden where they quickly reproduce. Luckily, there are many methods that you can employ to keep them in check. These methods use organic and natural means to ensure that your family’s health will not be compromised.
This method involves the physical removal of the aphids from the leaves and stems of the affected plant. You can also remove or prune the affected branch and drop these, leaves and all, into a bucketful of soapy water.
If the plants affected are well-established and healthy, you can direct a strong spray of water from your garden hose to it to remove the aphids. However, this method may harm the more fragile and younger plants.
Apply a mixture of dish soap and lukewarm water to the affected plant using a spray bottle. You can also use a small sponge for this. This results in the destruction of the aphid’s protective coating which dehydrates and subsequently kills it.
What better way to get rid of aphids than to use their natural enemies and predators to clean your garden. This is where your friendly ladybug comes in. You can introduce them into your garden, together with hoverflies. You can buy ladybugs in bulk from gardening suppliers. On the other hand, you can entice hoverflies to your garden by planting catnip, pot marigold, garlic, and blue cornflower, to name a few.