Aphid Control and Aphid Extermination
While you may not find aphids in your home, they are common to find out in your garden. These insects suck all of the sap from plants, typically in a cluster. As they suck all of the juice from the plant, they will leave it discolored and stunted in growth. The waste of aphids are referred to as “honeydew” and attracts many other pests to the area. These tiny insects are often a gardener’s worst nightmare.
Aphids do not thrive well in extreme heat or cold, which makes spring the ideal time for them to be active. To prevent an aphid infestation on all of your plants, you should keep a close eye on the leaves of plants - particularly in the spring months. Aphids are drawn to nitrogen-based fertilizer, so if you use this particular type of fertilizer, you should be careful to not overuse it. If you notice aphids on a leaf of a plant, you should be able to cut that specific leaf off and dispose of the aphids before they are able to spread to additional plants in the area.
If possible, you should use a greenhouse or protective covers for your plants, which are some of the best ways to deter aphid activity. These allow you to have more control over the environment and keep aphids away. If you don’t have any access to these methods of control, you can also use a more natural method - such as releasing some of their predators, which include wasps and ladybugs. You don’t want to use pesticides to try and eliminate aphids, as they can harm the natural predators of the aphids. If aphids are on some of your more sturdy plants, you may be able to spray water on them, which would detach them from the plant and cause them to stop feeding.