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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