Operation Aphid: Combating the Garden Pest


| 11/14/2016 10:00:00 AM


Aphids On A Plant Stem

Photo by Andreas Eichler

The aphid. The name hardly conjures images of destruction, but that’s exactly what these little pests do best. A longtime scourge of gardeners and farmers alike, these sap-sucking insects thrive in temperate regions and multiply very quickly if not controlled.

Luckily, reducing and eliminating aphid populations is manageable and can be done quickly and inexpensively with products found around the house.

Aphids are very small in size and may escape detection by the naked eye. Color will vary depending on the species, but they all share a pear-shaped body with two antennae-like tubes protruding from the rear.



In search of plant juices, aphids will attack all parts of a plant, causing the plant to lose nutritive sap. In some cases, aphids may transmit harmful viruses to the plant.





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