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How to Get Rid of Aphids

Aphids can be pests but, by following these tips, you can get rid of them without using any harsh chemicals.

Instructions

  • 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
  • Water
  • A spray bottle
  • Banana peels
  • Lady bugs
  • Dish soap

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