How to Identify and Get Rid of Aphids
The creator of the “magical” kills all aphids recipe seems to be selfishly guarding the recipe.
I found the dish soap, alcohol recipes to be very successful on indoor plant infestation. I will be mixing up a batch and spraying outdoor tree limbs. The aphids have regrettably damaged orchids hanging on the branches.
I have a question I had some holes in the leaves of my rose bush so sprayed with diluted dish soap and the next day some of my roses were dead and the were what looked like a bunch of tiny eggs on the dead roses what could this be?
Hi, Nicole, It is difficult to identify pests from a distance and some mimic the behavior, so a guess is no solution. Try this page https://hgic.clemson.edu/factsheet/rose-insects-related-pests/ Numerous rose pests are identified and pictured; you may find yours. Alternatively, talk to a local nurseryman. Bring a piece if the plant, if possible, as it might help him/her to identify the problem.
Hope this helps!
I have used Lady bugs with success.
A friend had told me about banana peels, which appear to work.
So when I put my pepper plants in the greenhouse, I will lay banana peels beneath the plants and have not had the problem.
It is worth a try.
Onion spray is safe and easy to make.
I found instructions online for making an onion spray in a pot outside. It works well. I respray at first sight of aphids. Easy control method.
Insecticides, neem oil, and other pesticides can harm butterflies, butterfly caterpillars, and specifically the endangered Monarch butterfly and their babies.
Making my spray is cheap, easy (can let a puree sit in the sun, then strain, and funnel liquid into a bottle.) It's effective, easy, and safe. I like to focus on the nooks and crannies. The queen aphids leave immediately, then they just disappear altogether after about 6-18 hours.
Tina… You say your mix works for getting rid of aphids. Can you share what your mix is? My vines etc are covered with aphids and nothing is working.