Melinda's Garden Moment: Eco-friendly Aphid Control
Ants, lady beetles and a clear sticky
substance on your leaves are good indications that aphids have moved into your
garden for a meal.
small tear-dropped-shaped insects come in a variety of colors.
use their needle-like mouthparts to suck plant juices, causing leaves to curl,
yellow, and brown. Growth can become
distorted and stunted when populations and feeding levels are high.
aphids secrete honeydew, a clear sweet sticky substance, that often attracts
if you see lady beetles, nature has moved in to control this pest. Both the adults and larvae can eat hundreds
of aphids in one day.
treatment, if needed, with a strong blast of water to dislodge and kill many of
the aphids. Trap these pests with a
yellow bowl filled with soapy water. If
needed, use eco-friendly products like insecticidal soap, Horticulture oil, or
A fun, but not so attractive way to manage aphids is with reflective
mulch. Place heavy duty foil or similar
reflective material on the soil around the plants. Anchor in place. Since aphids orient themselves by the sky (not
sure who figured that out), once they see the sky above and below they get
confused, crash and die. I tried it and
it really works.