Get rid of aphids
Aphids suck plant juice.
Yes destructive suckers…aphids who, after they suck the plant juice, excrete a mixture called “honey-dew” on the plant that beckons ants to come visit your plants. There are a few more types of these honey-dew suckers. Thrips, scales, leafhoppers, thunderflies, thunderbugs, storm flies and corn lice are all variations of plant juice suckers that attack your plants.
Honey-dew from the aphids in the garden is what ants just love. You will notice that the ants protect, milk and farm the aphids on the garden plants so that the ants can dine on aphid “honey-dew” when they want. The plants in your garden are home to many aphids because the ants are making certain that when they are crawling on the garden plants, they have a meal to sustain their daily efforts.
Aphids multiply so fast that 47 generations can occur in a single growing season. That means this garden pest is a major problem for your plants no matter where they are. This huge family of aphids need a lot to eat and will destroy your young plant growth and degrade the plant quality in no time at all.
BIOLOGICAL CONTROL of Aphids:
Control the ants in your garden in the following way.
- Attract beneficials like hover flies, fungi, fly larvae, lady bug, earwigs, katydids, ground beetles, mantis, and spiders by planting flowers and herbs, sweet alyssum. Of course ants do not always show up when you need them to control the aphids.
- Using parasitic wasps in the garden to do the job of killing the aphid larvae works well.
- Nature does some of the pest control in your garden for you at no charge, but you can also buy some of these biological agents…or have your resident local professional gardener apply them to your garden for you.
- Plants can offer a natural organic pest control for you in your garden. Zinnas, tansy, anise, spearmint, chive, garlic, coriander, calendula, borage, nasturtium, petunia, cosmos, and pennyroyal are good candidates to help with keeping the aphid population on your plants and in your garden under control. Horticultural oil may also do the job for you as well.
- Pruning the plant parts that are affected is often undertaken.
CHEMICAL CONTROL: Toxic or Non Toxic (Organic)
- You can buy services locally at a farm and garden retailer or apply chemically based insecticides yourself to your young growing plants. The choices are liquids, powders, dusts, granules or insecticidal soap . You can choose the aphid poison to use in the garden…toxic or organic.
Hand select and squish each you see on the plants in your garden. Purchase yellow sticky traps designed to grab them and place the strips around your garden.
- Purchase services where the contractor uses a vacuum trap to suck up all that pass by riding the winds into or out of your garden.
- Cover your young plants with a fine mesh net. Very fine. They are very small.
- Spray your plants in the garden, strongly but lovingly with a strong direct spray of water…blast them off. Or use a spray of soapy water, or a flour and water mixture.