An aphid is an insect of which there are over 3,500 species in the world. Several hundred species live here too, and they poison our flowers and other plants on which they parasitise. They occur in large numbers and sometimes it is a big problem to get rid of them for good. They can be combated by chemical means or pesticides. In this article, we will show you some tips on how to get rid of them.
They most often feed on young plants and shoots
The aphids usually attack in entire colonies that have hundreds or thousands of individuals lurking. They feed on leaves, buds and young shoots. When they invade a plant, you can definitely tell because the aphids take over the entire plant. When they’re satiated, they move on to other plants or shrubs. It’s impossible to miss them.
A plant that is infested with aphids will be easy to spot is deformed and will also be weakened. Check the flowers in your garden regularly to take timely action against aphids. Their time is usually early in the season. Prevention is very important in this case, even if it is not always 100%.
Among the natural enemies of aphids are ladybugs or wasps. These insects feed on aphids and can help you in the fight against them. There are also several types of plants that could help you. For example, try planting the following in your garden:
Other plants worth trying include dandelion, mint and lavender. You can also use soapy water, garlic solutions, dandelion or onion decoctions.
Where nature is not enough, chemicals must step in
If none of our home tricks help, it’s time to get help from special products that, although they contain chemicals, will be successful against aphids. Pyrethroids are used once a year. When using other means, care must be taken to follow the recommendations, how many times the dose must be repeated and more.
If aphids have invaded your houseplants, the best solution is to take them outside and spray them against these pests outside, as you would be unnecessarily “infesting” your home with the smell from these products, which can also be a health hazard.