If you have your own garden, you’ve probably already encountered this annoying little pest. And as you know aphids can destroy all plants they decide to inhibit. That’s why it’s very important to take measures against them on time. These little critters suck out all the juice from the plants, which in time dry out and don’t have enough strength and energy to bear fruits. Of course, there are plenty of chemical sprays out on the market, however it’s best to avoid them if you can. Especially when you can easily resort to a natural alternative. That’s why today we are going to show you how to get rid of aphids by making one of the best home remedy sprays to use on your garden and crops.
These little critters suck out all the juice from the plants
In order to make sure no aphids are going to ruin your crops, it’s best to check on your plants regularly and be vigilant. However, alongside there are plenty of other pests to worry about. On the bright side there are plenty of organic pest control methods you can try. But before we show you how to make the best home spray, you first need to know how to find out if you’ll be expecting these little bugs in your garden soon.
Aphids come in a variety of colors
How To Find Out If There Are Aphids In Your Garden?
If you’re not sure if aphids is exactly what you’re dealing with, there are a couple of signs to look out for. If you see any of them alongside a ton of tiny white, yellow, black, gray, brown, pink, or light green clumps of bugs then you’ve probably got aphids.
How to get rid of aphids
Aphids infestations usually have a clear tell-tale sign before they happen. If you notice an increase of ants in your garden, then you can expect aphids to appear sooner than later as well. Ants love to feed on aphid secretions. Yucky, we know. Not only that but ants often serve as a means of transportation of these pests from plant to plant.
Ants help transport aphids from leaf to leaf
If you see a plant’s leaves are yellow or twisted, then it may mean aphids have already got to it. When a plant if infested with aphids, the leaves are the first to show signs. They typically begin to change in shape and color, appearing dry, yellow, and twisted. Aphids love to hide on the underside of the leaves. However, they can also be found on the top of flowers such as roses and on the stems of some plants. So keep an eye out if you notice any changes on your plants.
If you notice browning, yellowing or a change in shape this is damage from aphids
Okay, so let’s see how to make a spray that will get rid of these little pests. This old remedy has proven itself a great warrior in the fight against the aphids. The best part about it is that it is super easy to make and only uses two common household items. Here is how to make it:
Make your own DIY spray
2 cups of water
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vegetable oil
Take an empty spray bottle and fill it up with water.
Add in the baking soda and the oil.
Shake the spray bottle way, so everything gets incorporated.
Easy and effective
How to use:
Before applying the mixture to the whole plant, do a test patch first. Spray a small part of the plant and wait a couple of hours. If the plant seems fine then you can spray the rest of it. Make sure to focus mainly on the stems and leaves.
It’s best to apply the spray early in the mornings or later in the evenings. This will make sure to not burn the plant from the sun’s heat, as the oil will attract it.
Keep in mind that since the spray is made from organic ingredients, it won’t miraculously work right away. However, after an hour you may start to notice aphids and ants dying.
If a part of the plant is heavily infested, it’s best to remove that part of it and throw it away far from the garden.
Spray plants only in the early morning or late evening
Another thing you can try is glue. No, not just any type of glue. You need a specific glue for flying or crawling insects. All you need to do is just keep the glue near the bottom of the plant or near the leaves. This way the ants will stick at the bottom and won’t be able to reach the other parts of the plants that could be infected with aphids. This will stop the transportations of them to other plants.
Sticky traps with glue catch all types of pests
These were all the tips and tricks we have on how to get rid of aphids. We hope you found this article useful! Now you can safely enjoy your crops without having to worry if they will bear fruit and if you’ve sprayed them with too many chemicals. Nobody enjoys dealing with pests, whether it be aphids, gnats, fruit flies or mosquitos. But pest control is necessary, so make sure to take the time to do it properly.