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Those Pesky Aphids!


We're still only just beginning Spring, and already our customers are telling us of their Aphid problems and inquiring how they can be rid of them! We will break down just how much damage these pests do to our plant life and the best practices to send them packing!


What are they?

Aphids are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on a plant’s sap, causing significant damage and stunting plant growth. These harmful pests can quickly multiply and spread to nearby plants, making them a thorn in the side of any gardener. Aphids also transmit plant viruses, which can lead to stunted growth, wilting, and in more severe cases if left untreated: Death.


What are Aphids?

Aphids are tiny, soft-bodied insects that feed on a plant’s sap, causing significant damage and stunting plant growth. These harmful pests can quickly multiply and spread to nearby plants, making them a thorn in the side of any gardener. Aphids also transmit plant viruses, which can lead to stunted growth, wilting, and in more severe cases if left untreated: Death.


How do they harm our plant life

Aphids strategically cause damage to plants in two primary ways. Firstly, they extract sap from the plant, causing deformities in the stems, leaves, and flowers. This sap also serves as a food source for the aphids, which can quickly lead to the growth of large populations. Secondly, as they feed, aphids secrete a sticky substance known as honeydew, which then attracts mold and bacteria that can harm the plant.


Now that we have identified these little buggers and learned the terrible extent of their efforts, let's discover some effective methods for getting rid of aphids from your gardens!


1. Natural Predators


Aphids have many natural enemies, including ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps. Consider introducing these beneficial insects to your garden to help control the aphid population naturally!

Available at Mortimer Nursery: Organic Control - "Lady Bugs"





2. Neem Oil

Another natural remedy for aphids is neem oil. This powerful botanical insecticide can be sprayed on affected plants to kill aphids on contact.

Available at Mortimer Nursery: Ferti-Lome - "Neem Insecticide"

3. Insecticidal soap:

If the infestation is significant, you may need to use an insecticidal soap. These soaps are specially formulated to kill aphids and other soft-bodied insects, but they won't harm your plants or the environment.

Available at Mortimer Nursery: Ferti-Lome - "Spinosad Soap"



In conclusion:

Aphids are a common problem faced by gardeners, but there are effective ways to manage and prevent their growth. However, left unchecked these tiny insects can quickly destroy your prized plant life, but with the right product and strategy, you can keep Aphids at bay in your garden!




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