Controlling Aphids

Share this

Question: We've noticed some aphids on the indoor herb plants we grew from seed. What do we do? I don't want to use any poison since I have children and we all eat these herbs.

Answer: The good news is that the aphids can be controlled. The first step is to remove all damaged or weakened leaves, stems, or flowers. Next, make sure that you haven't over-fertilized your plants; aphids love leaves with high levels of nitrogen. The best solution is to invite some ladybugs to your house for dinner. (Aphids are a ladybug's favorite meal.) If you're lucky enough to have ladybugs, gently put them on the aphid-infected plant, and your aphids will disappear.

Alternately, give the plants a soapy shower by spraying them with an insecticidal soap solution. Insecticidal soap is similar to dish soap but it's more mild and less likely to damage the plants. Thoroughly rinse the leaves before you eat them. The gentle soap solution may not taste very good, but won't harm anyone who eats some. Because the aphids are inside, carefully examine all your other houseplants and treat any infected ones immediately. As with all pests, the sooner you rid plants of them, the better.

An ounce of prevention includes periodic aphid-checks, keeping the plants watered but not soaked, using fresh soil mix, and providing sufficient air and nutrients.

KidsGardening logois a division ofNational Gardening Assocation logo


For those who choose to use Text to Donate: A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and Data Rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. By participating you certify that you are 18 yrs or older and/or have parental permission. Donations are collected for National Gardening Association and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: *Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.*


Copyright © 1999-2012 National Gardening Association     | &      |     Created on 03/15/99, 

Last updated on 04/22/2014
seo google sıra bulucu kanun script encode decode google sira bulucu google pagerank sorgulama seo google sıra bulucu ukash kanunlar