Aphid Control and Aphid Extermination
Aphids are common pests to find outdoors in your garden. They are sap-sucking insects that are found in clusters typically on new plants. They suck all of the juices from the plant resulting in stunted growth and discoloration. They are any gardener’s nightmare. The waste of these pests, known as honeydew, is known to attract other pests as well as grow fungus’ on plants. They are more active in the spring months, as they do not survive well in extreme cold or heat. It is important to always monitor your plants during the spring months so you can catch early signs of Aphids. These insects love nitrogen-based fertilizer, so if you use this type of fertilizer make sure you are not using an excess amount that would draw aphids to that plant. If you are keeping an eye on your plants and are able to catch Aphids on one particular one, you may be able to just cut the leaves they are on and remove them from the area before they are able to create a bigger issue.
One of the best ways to deter aphids is to house your plants in a green house, or use protective covers over the garden. This way you can control the environment a little better and keep the aphids at bay. If you don’t have access to these types of protection, you can also try planting or creating an area in the garden that will attract natural enemies of the aphid, such as lady bugs and wasps. If you are going to be attracting other insects to the area, it is important you don’t use a pesticide. This way you don’t run the risk of killing the insects you wanted and still end up with an Aphid problem. If you notice aphids on some of your sturdier plants, you may be able to spray the plant with water which prevents them from latching onto the plant and feeding. Pesticides should be a last resort so that you are able to keep your plants as healthy as possible.