Did You Know?
Just a week old female aphid can produce up to 5 offspring per day for a period of one month, and a single aphid can produce about 50 to 60 offspring in a week.
Getting Rid of Aphids
Since these insects multiply at a very fast pace, steps must be taken to curb their growth. One of the precautionary measures that can be followed is to examine the plants on a regular basis. This way you would be able to spot these pests. The idea is to spot them soon and get rid of them as soon as possible.
If you find discolored leaves or spot black soot on them, look very closely. Since new tender growth is more susceptible to damage by plant lice, you must check these areas for these little pests. Here are some of the methods that may prove helpful.
Squish them or dispose them off by drowning them in soapy water. You can also get rid of them by spraying the affected area with a strong stream of water. This is an effective way to dislodge these pests from the plant.
Mix 2 teaspoons of mild dish washing soap to a bottle of lukewarm water. Spray this solution to the infested area. You can also spray neem oil on the plants. That will surely solve the problem of aphid infestation.
You can even make a non-toxic pesticide at home. Mix vegetable oil to lukewarm water. Add 2-3 drops of dish washing soap to this solution. Spray this solution on the affected plants. This solution will clog their respiratory spiracles, thereby suffocating them.
Make sure that you don't use this oil solution when it is too sunny and the sun's rays are falling on the plant. This can cause damage to the plant.
These insects dislike the smell of garlic, mint and catnip. You could also use a garlic spray to kill them or plant garlic in your garden. Use sprays that contain oxalic acid over the affected plants. Oxalic acid acts like a poison for these pests. This acid can be found in garlic, rhubarb and hot pepper spray.
An aphid infestation is a nightmare for farmers and gardeners. If the insects are allowed to multiply, they will wreak havoc on your plants. It is essential that you use effective aphid removal methods to prevent these sap-sucking insects from damaging your plants. Spot these bugs before they grow into a colony and cause great damage to your plants.