Garden Aphids Control
So, what kind of damage can a single, tiny little, pear shaped bug do? After
all, aphids are only 1/10th to 1/2 inch small. If you've got an aphid
infestation, then you know that its not the single tiny bug, that's harms
your plants. It's hundreds and thousands of them, sucking away your plant's
juices, that can really damage a wide variety of flower and vegetable plants.
Among others, Rose plants are a favorite for for aphids.
Aphids are easy to spot. These garden pests will infest plant leaves and
soft stems in great numbers. Colors include black, brown, green, red and
yellow. The have long legs and antenna. They can be found on the top
or underside of leaves, and on soft stems. Generally, the adults are wingless.
However, with thousands of species of aphids, some adult species may have
Aphids are prolific reproduces. There can be several generations of aphids
in a year. Females can lay up to 80 eggs a day.
Aphids can also contribute to the spread of plant disease.
Seen any ants? Aphids produce a sugary secretion called "honeydew",
which ants love. Ants will also defend aphids against some natural predators.
If you se ants in big numbers, the cause may be an infestation of aphids.
More about ants
Aphids are also called: Plant Lice
Aphids feed by sucking on plant juices. damage signs include:
Sickly and wilted plants
Aphid Control Methods
There is a wide array of methods to control aphids. Many chemical sprays
are available to control them But why use harmful chemicals, when there are
many organic controls. Among them, are:
Directly spray a strong stream of water on them.
Promote beneficial insects that eat aphids, especially ladybugs, lacewings
and parasitic wasps.
Garlic Oil Sprays
Vegetable oil sprays
Citrus Oil sprays
Flour - Sprinkle on infested area. Aphids get constipated!
Lower nitrogen in the soil. High levels of nitrogen helps aphid population
Organic spray recipes - find out how to make a
variety of organic sprays.
More on harmful garden insects