Aphid Control

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated July 31, 2019)

Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to get rid of aphids? The most likely reason for this is that aphids are so blasted small that they can hide just about anywhere. This doesn't mean that aphid control is a pipe dream. While it may take a little bit of effort and preparation to accomplish, aphid control is a goal that any gardener can accomplish. Here are a few methods that you can begin to use to get your aphid population under control.

  • Dish soap. Creating a mixture or solution of water and dish soap can help you towards your goal of aphid control. In a large bucket, mix together two tablespoons of dish soap and two quarts of water. Mix the two ingredients together until you have a light sudsy foam, and then pour the solution into a large spray bottle. If you have some left over don't worry. While this solution may harm the aphids, it will not hurt your plants.
  • Wash them away. If you are worried about using any dish soap on your plants, then you can always use a little bit of water. Simply spray the plants that are infected with a strong spray of water from your garden hose. Apparently, this jet of water will knock the aphids off of the plant, and hurt them so that they cannot eat anymore. Just be careful that you do not make the jet of water too strong, or you may end up hurting the plant itself.
  • Natural predators. Introduce natural predators of the aphid into your garden. You don't necessarily need to get anything that can hurt you or your plants, but rather a few lady bugs. The lady bugs will go after the aphids, bringing the population under control and adding a little bit of charm to your garden at the same time. You can often purchase ladybugs at your local nursery. You can also encourage hummingbirds to live in your garden as well, since they like to eat aphids.
  • Insecticides. Using commercial insecticides should always be a last choice. The reason for this is that, while they may work on getting rid of insects, there are also often other consequences as well. If used improperly, insecticides can damage your plants, lawn, or even yourself. Always be sure that you follow the directions carefully, and use the proper safety precautions when handling chemicals.
  • Plan ahead. Aphids generally are dormant during the winter, living in their eggs. This means that it is the perfect time to treat your plants with a dormant-season aphid spray to get rid of them. Generally these sprays are less harmful than the active season insecticides.

Author Bio

Lee Wyatt

Contributor of numerous Tips.Net articles, Lee Wyatt is quickly becoming a regular "Jack of all trades." He is currently an independent contractor specializing in writing and editing. Contact him today for all of your writing and editing needs! Click here to contact. ...


Planting Pear Trees

Planting pear trees is a great method for not only adding a bit of beauty and elegance to your landscape, but also a way ...

Discover More

Decorate Your Deck

Decks can be a wonderful addition to any landscaping scheme, as long as they are decorated properly. Basically, ...

Discover More

Planting Vegetables in a Shaded Area

Vegetables can be loads of fun to grow in your own garden, but what do you do if you have a lot of shade on your ...

Discover More
More Gardening Tips

Dealing with Chinch Bugs

If you have ever had chinch bugs before, then you know just how difficult they can be to deal with. It seems like they ...

Discover More

Getting Rid of Poison Ivy

The only way to completely eradicate your yard of poison ivy is to dig it out at the roots and then apply a herbicide. ...

Discover More

Identifying Garden Pests

Not all insects are destructive to a garden. Ladybugs, Lacewings, and predatory wasps eat destructive caterpillars and ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] (all 7 characters, in the sequence shown) in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 2 + 4?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


FREE SERVICE: Receive an e-mail several times each week with a featured gardening tip. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)