Dare I admit it? I didn’t know what aphids were until last season. Whether I just got lucky or hadn’t learned to identify them, last year was my first time dealing with this pesky pest.
Soon I realized they continue to be a problem with home gardeners season after season, and for those of us who strive to garden naturally, this presents a problem. How do we control them effectively without resorting to chemical pesticides?
Though a dearth of information on controlling aphids exists, I’ve waded through the books, the blog posts, and the podcasts to give you the best information I could find on how to deal with them. In today’s episode of the Beginner’s Garden Podcast, you’ll learn:
- how to identify aphids
- how they affect your plants
- the delicate balance between letting nature take care of problem pests and when to step in
- why you don’t want to prevent all aphids
- what you can do to prevent major infestations
- the top three insects that prey on aphids and how to attract them to your garden
- how to ensure you don’t accidentally kill these beneficial insects
- 5 ways to stop aphids if necessary
- how to use insecticidal soap, including precautions
- one consideration before using neem oil
- why natural and organic pest control measures aren’t always best in the long run
If you struggle with aphids in your garden, these tips will help you begin to control them in the most natural yet effective means possible. Click below to listen:
VIDEO: Ants on your plants can point to an aphid infestation: Ants on Your Plants?
Flowers that attract beneficial insects to your garden:
- wildflowers such as goldenrod, yarrow, and bee balm
3 Beneficial Insects that Prey on Aphids:
- syrphid flies
Organic Sprays (Be sure to listen to the podcast for cautions on these!)
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Resource: The Gardener’s Bug Book
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