how can i keep aphids off for good? - Knowledgebase Question

tracy, Ca
Question by finfan1995
March 6, 2010
every year its the same i shoot aphids with insect soap and hose the off with water , but then they come back, and i costed me alot to keep them off , but, is there a way to keep the afids off for good soo they wont ever come back, also do mandids help keep them off?

Answer from NGA
March 6, 2010


Aphids are such a problem! That's because you can have a population explosion in only a few days. Aphids give birth to live young so you can have mothers, grandmothers and daughters all feeding on the same plant at the same time. Hosing them off with plain water is the least expension option, frequent applications of insecticidal soap is the next best control. Or, attracting ladybugs and lacewings to you garden can help with control. These insects will visit your garden if you do not use insecticides which might kill them off and if you have lots of colorful flowers blooming most of the season. These beneficial insects can easily be purchased live from many garden centers and online sources.

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