Posted on 25-05-2010

How To Get Rid Of Aphids Organically

Filed Under ( Plants ) by Gardening Content

Although insects are an important part of the eco-system however sometimes there can end up being so many aphids that they end up doing an enormous amount of damage to your plants.  Aphids are very small green insects that are very easy to identify.  Of course, there are many different products on the market, however if you want to be environmentally-friendly then you’ll want to look at natural organic methods of getting rid of aphids.

Ladybugs

One of the most interesting ways is to buy live ladybugs.  You will be sent thousands of them and you then release them into the affected area.  Not only will they eat aphids, they’ll also eat whitefly, spider mites, leaf hoppers and mealybugs.  Make sure you adhere to the instructions provided with them because if you release them during the day, they will just fly away.  Instead you need to release them when it’s dark.

Over the long-term you might also think about encouraging ladybugs to thrive in your garden.  There are ladybug houses that you can buy however there have been mixed reviews as to how effective they are.  It should be noted that the houses are normally used for the ladybirds to hibernate during a cold winter.

Organic Insect Killers

If you would rather go with a more “traditional” technique of killing aphids, then you might want to simply buy an organic insect killer.  Not only will it kill aphids, it will also kill a variety of other insects including ants, fleas, earwigs, mites, mosquitoes and ticks.

Please be aware, that you might not want to kill all of these other kinds of insects.  They are an excellent food for birds after all.  So if you only want to kill aphids, just target specific areas of your garden.  You can spray the area once a week until you don’t see any more aphids.

Companion Planting

Other tips include growing marigolds, garlic, chives, onions, spearmint, sweet clover and sweet fennel near to where you are experiencing the aphid problems.  This is a technique known as companion planting and has been shown to work very well.  Of course, you might not want to plant these in your garden so you’ll simply have to look at the other methods of getting rid of aphids.

People are now realizing more and more, that they need to be more mindful about the environment when dealing with problems in their home and garden.  Using toxic chemicals just isn’t as appealing as it used to be, especially if you have kids or pets in your household.

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