Aphids On Peppers - Knowledgebase Question

Kansas City, MO
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Question by btdevero
May 14, 1998
I bought small chili peppers plants (anaeheim chili and habanero) about three weeks ago. I transplanted them into containers outside on my patio. They haven't seemed to grow much since I brought them home, they are only about 4 inches tall, but very healthy looking. Today while watering them, I noticed small white aphids on both of my chili pepper plants. I didn't see any other pests on my flowers or my tomato plants. Will the aphids hurt my little peppers, and what should I do to get rid of the aphids?

Answer from NGA
May 14, 1998
Aphids are sucking insects and can damage small plants in a hurry. Aphids are also very prolific so you need to get them out of your garden as quickly as possible. Since the infestation is small, you should be able to control the aphids by squishing them as you rub them off the leaves of your peppers. Or, take the containers out to the driveway and hose the aphids off with a strong stream of water from the hose. When you're sure they're bug-free, take the plants back to your patio. Your peppers may be waiting for warmer weather before putting on new growth. Make sure they're in the warmest spot possible, in full sunshine, so they'll thrive and produce pungent peppers.

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