- Step 1: Plan your garden Plan your plants. Grow plants that shelter aphid predators, like Queen Anne's lace, sweet fennel, spearmint, and white sweet clover.
- Step 2: Put on gloves and remove aphids Put on soft cotton gloves and remove the aphids from plant leaves by hand.
- Step 3: Dip in water Dip the leaves of delicate plants in water to knock off aphids. Use a strong spray of water on sturdy plants.
- Step 4: Bury banana peels Cut up banana peels and bury them 1 to 2 inches deep around the base of the plant.
- TIP: Do not bury whole banana peels because they can attract other animals such as squirrels and raccoons.
- Step 5: Introduce lady bugs Counter aphid infestation with ladybugs. Ladybugs can be purchased at many garden centers and are a natural and efficient way to control aphids.
- Step 6: Pour soap Mix a couple teaspoons of dish soap in a spray bottle of lukewarm water and coat the plant once or twice a week.
- FACT: Aphids are born live, female, and pregnant, becoming reproducing adults in about 7 days.
You Will Need
- Plants that shelter aphid predators
- Cotton gloves
- A spray bottle
- Banana peels
- Lady bugs
- Dish soap