How to Get Rid of APHIDSJun 06, 2021
Aphids are idiots, let's kill them Hi, I'm Brian, next level gardening. If you're looking to join an online gardening community that offers tips, tricks and support to help you take your garden to the next level, you're in the right place. Click Subscribe Now to get started and hit the bell so you never miss a thing. Now let's continue growing. Sorry to be so negative at the beginning of the video, but seriously, is there any pest more annoying this time of year than
aphids? Aphids are fairly easy to get rid of. Instead, they often come in large groups and are almost every color of the rainbow.
Now larger plants can resist a fairly significant aphid attack without too much difficulty; However, seedlings of smaller plants can be severely stunted and dead
aphidsattack the plant by sucking the sap and so you will often see curled and distorted leaves and stems, usually the new growth, you may also notice. Although the leaves are very shiny, they are actually covered with a substance that aphids produce called honeydew. If you have aphids, you also have ants, at least many times, because ants actually grow aphids, they love honeydew and they can milk the aphids by stroking them with their antennae and then they produce that honeydew, so they want to take care of the aphids.
Just as a farmer would want to take good care of his cows because they want the milk, so they are going to protect the aphids, they will also take them to the juiciest parts of the plant, which is usually the new growth. and that's why you'll find them there, so it would be great if it wasn't happening to your plants in your garden. So I have eight different ways to prevent and treat aphids. I'm going to start with prevention, it is almost impossible to prevent aphid attack 100, however, there are things you can do, including keeping your plants healthy and stress free, because almost instinctively aphids and other insects know when a plant It's weakened or stressed and that's what they're going to go after, so with most plants, the biggest stress comes from lack of water or lack of sun for whatever the plant needs, so So my first of the eight tips is to make sure your plants are growing in the right place, including humidity level and sun, because that's going to go a long way.
There is a long way to prevent the stress that aphid attacks will cause. The second thing you should do to avoid this is not to overfeed your plants when there is excess nitrogen, mainly you will get rapid leaf growth. lush foliage which is usually not the strongest, it's a little weak and floppy because it grew so fast you normally won't have that situation with an organic fertilizer because they don't have the high concentration of nitrogen, so if you stick with organic fertilizers you'll probably be fine , this is yet another reason to stay away from synthetic fertilizers because a lot of that green growth will attract aphids.
Now, as I said, it is almost impossible to prevent the attack of 100 aphids, however, we can guide them. a better direction with a trap crop now imagine a room and there are two tables in this room and one table has a plate full of broccoli and the other table has a plate full of cookies let the children come into the room and which table will they go to until Now if they are a perfect child like Noah they are going to go to the broccoli no and the same with the aphids they are going to go to the plant that they like the most and so if you can provide them with a plate of cookies so they stay away from your plate of broccoli , that's what you should do.
Nasturtiums are an excellent trap crop for aphids. I love nasturtiums because they grow quickly, germinate easily, and you can plant them 15 to 20 feet away from any plants you have. We are trying to keep the aphids away that way, they will go to the plate of cookies and leave you the plate of broccoli, even though I prefer to eat the cookies. Something like nasturtiums is also easy to pick out and get rid of if it's covered in aphids, take it out and get rid of it, don't put it in the compost, throw it away, you're taking that whole aphid population and removing it from your garden.
Another great plant that attracts aphids is milkweed. Milkweed also attracts monarch butterflies. and it's great habitat and food for them, so it's twofold, now the aphids are going to infest the milkweed and make it look pretty tattered. However, milkweed is strong, it probably won't die, so it will still be there, so maybe just put it down. in a corner you don't care too much about, it will attract the aphids there, give you some monarch butterflies to boot, and it's a win-win. Number four is planting alliums, onions, chives, garlic, the smell of those plants. It actually repels aphids and I think that's quite interesting.
I have two beds here in the backyard with um alliums. I have garlic and onion in one bed and then some green onions in another bed. There are also nasturtiums in those beds and those are. the only beds in which nasturtiums do not have aphids, coincidence number five is to keep your eyes open, visit your garden frequently because aphids will appear in small numbers before they begin to reproduce and if you can solve the problem. when it's small it's much easier to fix than when it's big, so one of the crops I always get aphids on is brassicas, especially Brussels sprouts, and in fact I've never had a successful crop of sprouts.
Brussels due to aphids. I harvested Brussels sprouts in about three or four years and have learned a lot since then. This year I think is the first year I'm going to get some Brussels sprouts because I was going down the same path for about a month and a half. ago and they were covered in gray aphids and dirty black honeydew, so what I did was remove about a third of the leaves from the plants in the bottom section where there were a lot of old aphids and of course the new aphids were in the bottom. new top growth, so I removed all the leaves, got rid of them, sorry, I removed a third of the leaves, removed them and then twice a day for about three or four days I would go out with the hose and spray them hard jet place thumb over the nozzle or, if you have an attachment, a strong stream of water to spray all those aphids and most of them will fall off and drown, some will come back, that's why you should do this a few days in a row, but fingers crossed, I haven't had many aphids there since I did that and I think I'm going to have some Brussels sprouts this year, so it's hard to talk about aphids without talking about ladybugs or ladybugs number seven, depending on where you are.
Have you ever seen ladybug packs in the store or online? Have you ever bought some of those? Don't do it because, for a couple of reasons, most of them are wild and you don't know where they come from. So up to 15 percent of the ladybugs that you will bring into your garden that way will have a parasite that will attack and kill or reduce the reproduction rate of the native ladybugs. You definitely don't want to do that, not to mention if you've ever brought ladybugs into your garden and released them. Did you see any the next day?
Because chances are they flew away and there are a lot of different ways people say you can keep them in your garden. It's practically impossible unless you physically catch them. the plant has some kind of floating row cover or something, they will fly away and even if they stay, most of these ladybugs are harvested in the wild while they are hibernating so you just put them on your plant so they go away . to roost, it is much better to attract native ladybugs to your garden through companion planting. Now I made a whole video on companion planting of tomatoes and peppers.
I'll link them below and mention that you want to plant flowers with humble blooms. Flowers of humble shapes. Umbrella-shaped flowers, so many members of the carrot family have this type of flowers. Zinnias work. They love sunflowers. There are many pollen sources open to them and those types of flowers also attract other benefits. Who eat aphids now while we're talking about ladybugs. I've seen it on our Facebook group and I've had questions about this bug here and if it's good or bad, it's just a baby ladybug, it's hard to tell because it doesn't look anything like them, but these are very very good bugs, in fact, ladybug larvae. like this they eat more aphids than adult ladybugs now there are other things you can spray besides water to get rid of aphids the only downside is that sprays like this, even organic ones, can kill beneficial insects including ladybug larvae, so if you go to spray any of these, I'm going to tell you about what to make sure you spray the area.
Check the area. Do not spray the entire garden indiscriminately. If you have a problem in a specific location, spray that location. early in the morning or late at night when the bees have returned to their hives or have not even woken up in the morning in large quantities and if you spray directly on a bee it can harm it so the first spray is neem oil which is completely organic and safe for humans and most beneficial insects, it really targets insects that chew, eat and suck the sap from the leaves because the neem oil covers the leaf and when they bite it, they absorb some of the that neem oil. and kills them, however, if sprayed directly on a soft-bodied beneficial insect, such as ladybug larva, it can suffocate them.
The next sprinkle would be diatomaceous earth, usually that's not known as a sprinkle, it's a very fine powder, it's actually a bunch of millions and millions of microscopic prehistoric Diatoms that were fossilized. If you feel the powder, it's actually very, very soft, almost like baby powder, but if you look at it under a microscope, it's billions of pieces of glass. That's what it sounds like, and the same for hard-shelled insects like roly-polies, for example, they will get between the plates they have and irritate them literally to death, and for soft-bodied insects like aphids, they will literally He will cut their skin until they die.
It sounds horrible, I know, but it definitely works. You can sprinkle some diatomaceous earth on your plants in the areas where the aphids are, but a lot of times spraying is not effective because it comes in clumps and they can just avoid those clumps, so what you can do is mix. about a cup of diatomaceous earth to a gallon of water in a sprayer, now it doesn't dissolve it just suspends, so as you spray you want to keep it agitated so it doesn't settle at the bottom of the spray on the affected areas of your plants and when it dries it is not effective while it is wet but when it dries it becomes effective if you live in a rainy area and it rains a lot and it washes away you may have to do this every time it rains. and just a note about some people are more sensitive than others so you may want to wear a mask or goggles because it causes lung and eye sensitivity in some people but ingesting it is not harmful to humans in terms of poisonous, so that's Eight Tips for Getting Rid of Those Horrible Little Morons that inhabit our gardens this time of year and pretty much all summer long, but are really coming out in full force now that much of that new growth is just happening. , if you learned something.
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