Gardeners already have to deal with weeds and unpredictable weather, but now they have to contend with insect infestations on top of that. If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of bugs on your plants, we’ve got you covered.
Aphids are tiny, pear-shaped bugs that pierce the skin of plants to get the sap. Symptoms include wrinkly leaves, reduced growth, and death if left untreated. Honeydew (a sweet sticky fluid generated by aphids) is also responsible for the growth of sooty mold and attracts ants, which guard the aphids because they desire the honeydew.
Getting Rid of Aphids
Dislodge aphids by spraying plants with a strong stream of water, or remove and destroy afflicted areas of the plant. There are several natural ways to get rid of pests such as using horticultural oil, pesticide soap, or neem. Lady beetles, which eat aphids, can also be purchased.