A lush green garden, with blossoming flowers and luxuriant trees, greatly enhances the beauty of a house. At the same time, it adds a touch of serenity, peace and calm to it. Not to forget, the benefits of having flowers, fruits, etc, right at your doorstep! However, building up as well as maintaining a garden is not a very difficult task. You have water it on a regular basis, add fertilizers, do pruning and get rid of the harmful pests. Amongst the most irritating pests that can destroy a garden are aphids, which seem to appear every spring. If you are facing trouble at the hands of these small monsters, make use of the tips & techniques provided below, for getting rid of aphids.
How to Get Rid of Aphids
- Garden Hoses and Attachments
- Pruning Shears
- Sticky Traps
- Vegetable Oils
- Dishwashing Detergent
- Handheld Spray Bottle
- Lacewings/ Ladybugs
- First of all, you need to be sure that you have aphids in your garden. For the purpose, examine it on a regular basis. If you find clusters of the little bugs on new growth and flower buds or even curled and twisted leaves, you have the proof of their existence.
- The next step towards the removal of aphids will comprise of manual removal. Wear gloves and remove them, either by hand or with a sharp steam of water.
- Using a pair of pruning shears, cut away the area that has been infested by aphids and dispose it off properly.
- If you notice some flying aphids also, the best way to capture them is by placing yellow, sticky traps near infected plants.
- Next, make a nontoxic pesticide at home. For this, you need to mix 1 cup vegetable oil with 1 tbsp liquid dishwashing soap.
- Put 1½ tsp of the homemade pesticide in 1 cup warm water. Now, pour this solution into a handheld spray bottle.
- Spray this mixture directly on the aphids and also cover the entire plant with it.
- To ensure that aphids are not able to thrive in your garden, introduce insects, such as ladybugs or green lacewings, in the garden.
- Some trees, like birch trees, attract aphids. It is better to avoid planting such trees in your garden.
- Grow plants like white sweet clover, spearmint, sweet fennel and Queen Anne's lace in the garden. They attract insects that feed on aphids.
- Ants eat the "honeydew," the sugary sap secreted by aphids, and help in keeping them alive. So, take steps to remove ants from your garden.