How to Get Rid of Aphids Naturally


aphids on rose

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Now that the weather is warmer and drier, you’ll probably find aphids in your garden beds. Aphids are easy to spot, with their soft-bodies that are about the size of a grain. They come in light green, black and red. These pesky pear-shaped bugs will wreak havoc in both your flower and vegetable gardens. Aphids will feed on the sap from the tender new leaves and buds of plants, causing leaves to turn yellow and become disfigured. Plus, they can also carry diseases, which can spread between plants. But fear not! Aphids aren’t difficult to control. So before you use a harmful insecticide on your plants, try some of these natural ways to get rid of aphids:

  • If the infestation is small and manageable enough, remove the aphids by hand.
  • Or they can be blasted away with a garden hose.
  • You can also try sprinkling flour over the aphids, which makes them drop off the plant.
  • Ladybugs and lacewings are predators of aphids. Encourage these beneficial insects to visit your garden by eliminating the use of chemical sprays and growing plants like spearmint, Queen Anne’s Lace and sweet fennel to attract these aphid-eating bugs.
  • Try companion planting. Aphids dislike garlic, chives, onion, mint and petunias; grow these pungent plants with roses and other ornamental plants to discourage aphids.
  • Try a homemade aphid spray made with tomato leaves or garlic oil.

And the number one way to keep aphids out of your garden is to keep your plants healthy and strong. Aphids will find healthy plants difficult to consume and digest.

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About Connor Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy writing about them as well as gardening. Mostly I love finding new and unique flower gardening ideas I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, and send in guest blogs or ideas for new blogs as well. New and exciting blogs are always welcome I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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9 Responses to How to Get Rid of Aphids Naturally

  1. Try Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil for Aphids. Wash the plant first, mix 1% Ceylon Cinnamon Leaf Oil with 99% water in a gallon pump sprayer and spray the plant. Safe and edible Ceylon Cinnamon oil (must dilute first because it is very strong) can be sprayed on vegetable plants. Cinnamon Oil also repels ants, who actually protect and farm the Aphids for the honey dew they produce.

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  7. KG Visions says:

    Once upon a time, I released lady bugs into the yard. They clung to me instead of the plants. It was guite fun. Thank you for the information!!!! Do not forget, if you grow mint…contain it! Or your entire yard with be filled with mint.

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