Control Aphids Naturally

by Amy Gordon
(last updated October 28, 2015)

Do the plants around your home suffer from constant attack from aphids? Aphids are the tiny bugs that attach themselves to your plants and suck the sap out of them. Many types of aphids are just eyesores, but some will actually inject a plant virus into the plant as they feed, and will eventually kill the plant.

If you want to control the aphids around your house, you do not need to run for insecticide. There are a couple of great methods you can use that will control aphids naturally, without any need of poisons that can harm your plants and your family.

Many aphids can be removed by simply washing them off with a gentle flow of tap water. This is by far the easiest way to remove them, and should keep the aphids off for a while. Just keep checking up on them to make sure that they have not come back.

If you have a particularly large infestation of aphids and water is not effective, try to add a solution of mild detergent to the water. This mixture should wash the whole group of aphids off the plant. If you plan on using this method, make sure that the detergent that you use is mild enough that it will not harm your plants. Try to wash away any detergent that falls to the ground as well, since anything in the ground will go into your plant and possibly hurt its growth.

If you are planting a garden and know that aphids will be attracted to your plants, try alternating rows with vegetables such as onions, garlic, and chives. These vegetables should actually repel the aphids from not only themselves, but also the plants growing around them.

Finally, the natural predator to aphids is the ladybug. While it may not be possible to convince ladybugs to hang around your garden and clean up the aphids living there, just be sure not to kill any that you see. Killing ladybugs will just make the infestation of aphids grow.

Author Bio

Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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