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How To Get Rid of Aphids Naturally

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Aphids are every homeowner’s nightmare, especially for people who take great pride in their yard and landscape. These are tiny sap sucking insects that deteriorate the life of healthy plants and flowers within no time and have the capacity of killing every one of those beautiful plantations in your garden! Most homeowners invest in professional extermination to deal with aphids, but this is not necessary as with their right tips people can easily get rid of aphids permanently. So, if you have plantations out there that are slowly dying because of aphids, do not panic we are here to make your life much easier! With our natural extermination methods your garden will be free from aphids once and for all.

To conquer the enemy, you must become the enemy. This is exactly why we have mentioned a little information about these insects below.  

About aphids

Aphids are also commonly known as plant lice and are considered to be one of the most harmful insects when it comes to plantations. These insects feed on the sap present in almost every other plant and are a highly efficient group of organisms. They are normally green but some are white and wooly, to make matters worse they can reproduce at an expedited rate.

Aphids have natural enemies including lady bugs and crab spiders, but they are hated with a passion by farmers and gardeners all around the world. Aphids actually have over 4,400 species and all of them are serious pests for plantations. Rest assured we will help you get rid of these aphids and restore your plants back to their beautiful prior state.

How to get rid of aphids naturally – For good

Given below are different natural methods which have been designed to help every homeowner kill aphids without spending a dime!  

  1. Death by vinegar

One of the most effective ways of killing aphids is vinegar, simply cut ½ of chopped ginger and let it soak inside a cup of warm water for approximately two hours. Let the vinegar soak for two hours and shake the cup well before pouring it inside a spray gun. Once the spray gun is ready, simply spray all over the plants and repeat this process multiple times to make sure none of the aphids survive. We would recommend spraying every plant in your garden to make sure that these aphids do not relocate to another plant!

  1. Encourage lady bugs to pay your home a visit

As mentioned before, lady bugs are natural predators when it comes to aphids. These ladybugs will kill every last one of them and will also prevent another infestation from happening again. Simply plant different plantations that attract lady bugs, some of these plants you should consider are mentioned below:

  • Zinnia

  • Verbena

  • Larkspur

  • Holly hock

  • Cosmos

  • Mum

  • Nasturtium

  • Aster

  • Tuberous begonia

  • Mint

  • Fennel

  • Dill yarrow

  • Dandelions

All of these plants will not only improve the aesthetic facet of your garden but will also help lure aphids away from your garden.

  1. Death by vegetable oil

Another natural method of killing aphids is using a mixture of vegetable oil.  Mix eight cups of water with ½ cup of water. Then add five to six drops of dish washing liquid. Please remember that if you add too much there are strong chances that the plant is affected. After adding the washing liquid, simply add a pinch of cayenne pepper and shake well before pouring it into a spray gun.

Once the spray gun is ready simply spray the infested plant with enough of the mixture to cover the entire surface area of the plant. Once you have sprayed the plant with enough of the mixture, just sit back and relax, within no time all of the aphids will disappear!  

  1. Physical removal  

If you fortunately have a nominal infestation then you do not need to get creative in the ways you get rid of aphids. If only one of the leaves in your garden is infested, then simply adorn gardening gloves and prune of the affected branch. You can also use your garden hose to drown the aphids! Please remember that both of these methods are only effective in cases of minute infestations.

  1. Death by essential oils

Another natural method of killing aphids is using a cocktail of essential oils including thyme, peppermint, clove and rosemary oil. Simply add four to five drops of each of these essential oils and shake well before pouring it into a spray gun. Once you have the spray gun ready simply douse the plant with the essential oils and see how your plant blossoms while the aphids run for their life!  

How to prevent an aphid infestation

Prevention is the best cure and this applies to aphid infestation as well. if left on their own, the damage they unleash can be irreversible. This is exactly why it is imperative that every homeowner should take measures in order to prevent the infestation from happening in the first place. Given below are different tips that every homeowner should consider in order to prevent an aphid infestation:

Consider purchasing bird feeders, there are many birds out there that feed on aphids:

  • Periodically prune all of the plants present in your garden

  • Water your plants efficiently

  • Get rid of any decaying plants in your garden

  • Plant flowering ground covers in order to protect your plants  

Get rid of Aphids Using Professional Pest Control Products

Sometimes the natural method using home remedies just cannot do the trick. If you really want to get serious about getting rid of aphids. theress perhaps no better alternative than using professional DIY insecticide products. These are used by professional landscapers and pest control servicemen when conducting treatments for clients.

For the treatment of aphids we recommend using Reclaim IT or Bifen IT Insecticide. Mix ¼ oz to ½ oz of product with one gallon of water in a hand pump sprayer. Spray plant to the point of runoff making sure to pay special attention to the underside of leaves and all parts of the branches where aphids are known to harbor. Be sure to inspect plants often (especially new growth) and reapply insecticide if you notice an that aphids have reemerged

Conclusion

By following the steps we provided above and equipping yourself with professional insecticide products, you can protect your from aphid damage. For more lawn care or pest control tips and DIY advice, call us at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com

 

 

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