27 Jun '11, 5pm

Organic pest control: more helpful tips on how to deal with aphids!

Organic pest control: more helpful tips on how to deal with aphids!

Aphids can be hard to spot because they tend to hang out on the undersides of leaves. Tell tale signs you have a problem include puckered leaves and the appearance of a sticky substance on the plant's leaves called honeydew. Aphids have a tiny mouthpiece that they insert into plants' leaves in order to suck out their juices. The insects are most often pale green, but they can also be black, grey, and peach colored. Some aphids have wings, though most do not. They attack a huge range of plants, including nasturtiums, roses, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, peach and ash trees. Our hops get aphids every year. Before I try any of the pest control tactics below, I usually just wait a few days. Aphids are the primary food source for ladybugs and they are very good at finding them. Last summer I lost count of how many ladybugs took up residence on our hops. They cleared up the aphi...

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