Keeping aphids out of the garden helps crops grow healthier. These garden bugs love to eat all types of leaves. They’re quite small, but make a huge difference in your harvest. Mother nature can help you eliminate both pests and harmful chemicals in your garden. Here’s how to use natural methods to keep aphids out of the garden and save your valuable harvest.
1. Plant marigolds and garlic. The oils in marigolds and garlic repel aphids and other garden pests. These natural methods for banishing aphids from your garden can help you get rid of aphids simply and effectively. Just plant marigold and garlic in and around your garden. Mint and other herbs work well too. When using mint, take care to plant in pots. This herb spreads quickly and rapidly takes over your garden.
2. Use powdered milk. Keep aphids out of your garden using milk. It’s good for plants, due to it’s calcium content. Using this natural pest control method helps with fertilization too. Simply mix powdered milk with warm water. Spray directly on aphid infested plants. The milk will kill the aphids and provide plant nutrition at the same time.
3. Use the color yellow and petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is not a natural pest control method, in and of itself. Still, it can help you eliminate aphids from your garden. How does this work? Aphids are very attracted to the color yellow. You can use this clever natural method for trapping aphids to remove them from the garden. Simply smear petroleum jelly an a yellow object placed in the garden. The aphids will flock to the yellow colored object, get stuck in the petroleum jelly and die.
4. Get rid of ants. Something a lot of people don’t know is that ants are aphid farmers. They raise colonies of aphids. This natural method for keeping aphids out of the garden is quite simple. Get rid of the ants who are raising the aphids, gets rid of the aphids. Destroy anthills by pouring vinegar or boiling hot water on them. Scatter grits, which will expand and burst in the ant’s stomach. Get rid of the ants and the aphids will follow.
5. Use other bugs. Ants raise aphids but there are also natural predators for aphids. Why not invite a few into your garden? Lady bugs are colorful and they love to eat aphids. You could also invest in some praying mantis eggs, lacewings (aphid lions) or other aphid eaters. This natural method truly works with mother nature for pesticide free pest control.