Nature will find a way to do anything, whether it is for the weeds to continuously pop up in your garden to allow flying insects to meander into every corner of your yard and stay.
There are good and bad points to everything that occurs but those darn bad things we work so hard to not have to deal with in our garden and yards can be frustrating at times. Management for garden pests is one of those darn pesky issues that can easily occur as well as be dealt with.
Aphids: What Are They?
Very small, soft body insects that are found on leaves and stems of both indoor and outdoor plants are aphids.
These little guys can be almost colorless different shades of green, yellow, pink and black. Aphids love healthy plants and can easily become highly populated in your plants if not stopped in time.
We put a lot of time and hard work into our yards and gardens and we receive a great deal of enjoyment from our endeavors.
We do routine checks to make sure that weeds are under control, plants are watered and fertilized if necessary and no critters are eating our plants.
Unfortunately, we cannot control the wonders creatures that arrive from their long journeys from other yards. They arrive to find your healthy and lush plants just waiting to be eaten and destroyed.
This is when action needs to be taken to stop a possible infestation of unwanted bugs. Getting rid of aphids is a relatively easy process, but one must stay on top of the situation otherwise the aphids will quickly gain control.
Once aphids have determined that your plants are the ones that have become their new territory to survive upon, they begin their feast and growth of their colony.
Usually walking, but some can fly, begin by eating the leaves and stems with their sharp teeth, depositing eggs to leave behind their destiny and then move on to a new victim.
Eliminating aphids is important as aphids mature within 7 – 10 days and can produce 40 – 60 offspring. If you do the math, it doesn’t take very long for an infestation to be a problem.
Examine your plants on a regular basis, especially near the denser part of the plant, for signs of danger is important.
As the aphids eat, they produce a sugary liquid (honeydew) that they leave behind once they have finished their meal. This liquid can attract other creatures such as ants and wasps. In addition, the aphids can transfer a disease from a prior plant into the new plant via their saliva when eating.
Nature’s helpers are ladybugs, lacewings, and syrphid fly larvae that can all assist with conquering the possible infestation. A strong stream of water can wash away the insects off as well but the aphids must be hit directly on otherwise you’re just rinsing your plants.
Squishing the bugs with your hands is an obvious option of control but only for a small number of aphids.
If using chemical control, please read and follow the instructions carefully as some products can be harsh on your plants. A gentler chemical would be by using an insecticidal soap, just remember to follow the instructions to ensure your plants stay healthy.