I hope you are enjoying reading my pest control series so far. Like most pests, the best way to control aphids is by being proactive. Healthy plants are less susceptible to infestation than weak plants. As a general rule, if you make sure your plants are healthy, you’re less likely to attract these annoying critters in the first place.
💥6 effective ways to control Aphids:
📌Wash them away: Use a strong stream of water to blast aphids from your plants. You can also knock them off with your fingers or a cotton swab or an old toothbrush. This is best for light infestations.
📌Apply neem oil Emulsion: Neem oil emulsion affects insects’ feeding abilities and acts as a repellent. Here’s how to prepare this emulsion:
Neem oil – 5 ml
Soapnut solution/liquid soap – 2 ml
Water – 1 ltr
Mix is well and spray on plants.
PS: I recommend using soap nuts to keep it 100% natural.
📌Use 3G spray :
Blend equal quantity of Ginger, Garlic and Green chilli – (3G get it! 😉 Dilute the paste in water. Let it seep for 3-4 hours. Filter and spray the clear liquid on the affected plants.
📌Prune damaged plant part: You can cut away sections of the plant that are heavily infested and dispose them outdoors. Regular pruning of infested parts avoids the spread of the pest.
📌Hang sticky traps: Sheets or strips of sticky paper hung around your plants will trap any insects that come to visit. (Refer my earlier blog post on fungus gnat)
📌Lady bugs 🐞🐞🐞:
A wonderful biological solution for aphids is the lady bugs. Once they arrive, they gobble up the aphids! If you see lady bugs in your garden, then you don’t have to worry about those aphids.
Hope this helps!