Aphids, and How to Get Rid of Them


Aphids -- those little sap-sucking, honeydew-excreting pests -- can definitely spell trouble for your garden. The good news is that there are several reliable organic methods for dealing with the little buggers. Here are a few of my favorites.

What Are Aphids, Exactly? 

Aphids are soft-bodied insects, about a tenth of an inch long. They're typically green or black, though you may also run into gray or black ones in your garden, depending upon where you live. I wrote an article about identifying aphids on my About.com site.

The problem with aphids is that they suck the sap from the stems and leaves of your plant. This can weaken the plant, but, even worse, they also spread diseases as they move from plant to plant. And, they reproduce quickly!

How to Control Aphids Organically 

Here are some tried-and-true organic methods for getting rid of aphids:

6/5/2015 1:50:31 PM

I got aphids on my indoor basil plants last year. Since it was indoors I obviously couldn't use a natural predator so on the first basil I tried the blast of water method...bad idea. Completely killed the plant (it wasn't a very hardy basil). My second plant I sprayed homemade insecticidal soup using Dawn dish soap and a week later the aphids were spreading still. I read on this post (http://www.saferbrand.com/advice/insect-library/garden-insects/aphids) that using dish soap is NOT the same as insecticidal soap so I ended up going to the store and buying organic insecticidal soap, which is just as expensive as Dawn dish soap anyways. My basil is now aphid free but one tip of using insecticidal soap is that you really have to spray on both the top and bottom of leaves since it has to come into contact with the bugs in order to work.

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Orange Guard
7/30/2012 10:45:05 PM

Orange Guard is a NATURAL insecticide made completely of edible plant extracts and water. Take care of those pesky aphids with it and keep your gardens free of chemicals at the same time. We are the solution! www.orangeguard.com.

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