There are more than four thousand species of aphids in the world and most of them are being very harmful to plants. Aphids are also known as plant lice or green flies. These pests tend to pierce the plants’ stems, particularly the young ones, and then suck all the nutrients out of them.
As a result, the plants suffer nutrient loss and die. There are ways to get rid of aphids naturally that you can implement.
if you find any minor infestations of aphids on your plants, you can remove them physically by hands. You can wear the gloves and pinch or brush them from any leaves or stems.
If the infestation happens at one or two branches or stalks, you can prune off the affected parts and then throw them into a container filled with soapy water to destroy them.
Soap and Water
You can use household detergent to kill aphids. This method is very effective if you deal with moderate infestations of aphids. You can dilute the dish soap into lukewarm water. Then, you can apply this mixture by using a spray bottle or a sponge to the affected area of the plants.
You can get rid of aphids from your plants by using a garden hose. You need to be careful when using this method as it may affect the fragile plants. However, this method is very effective if you find aphids on the well established crops.
You can use the organic neem oil to kill aphids. The method is almost the same as when you use the soapy water. You need to mix the neem oil with water. The mixture can then being applied to the affected area of plants by using a bottle spray or a sponge.
Neem oil can act as the repellent for not only aphids but also other harmful pests such as caterpillars, ants, leafminers, beetles, cabbage worms, and also mealy bugs.
You can find many organic insecticidal soaps in the market that you can find in the market for the pest control. If you purchase one, make sure to read the instructions and follow them. It is to avoid the harming effect of the soap onto the plants.
You can use the rosemary, clove, peppermint, or thyme oils to get rid of aphids. Take 4 to 5 drops of the oil and mix it with water inside a spray bottle.
You can apply the mixture on the affected area of plants. This solution is very effective to get rid of pests as well as their larvae and eggs. It is also very good as the insect repellent.