aphids on butterfly weed - Knowledgebase Question

Bainbridge, Ge
Question by tbsnell
March 8, 2010
I think I have tried just about everything to get rid of the aphids off my Butterfly Weed plants. What can you suggest as I am not getting any caterpillars anymore. Thank you

Answer from NGA
March 8, 2010


If you are using insecticides on your butterfly weed, that would account for the lack of caterpillars. I know aphids are a real pain but if you hose them off with plain water - as often as necessary to keep the population low - rather than using insecticides, you'll attract predacious insects such as ladybugs, parisitizing wasps and lace wings which will help lower the aphid population even more. Plus, you'll attract butterflies. A win-win situation for everyone!

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