How To Get Rid Of Aphids With Essential Oils
Aphids can be a huge problem in and around the garden. They are not only an annoying pest, but they can cause significant damage to plants. Aphid infestations can occur on house plants as well and even find their way into your home. Most people don’t want to spray harsh chemicals around their food crops, or risk killing ladybugs and other beneficial insects by spraying them with pesticides. There are many natural methods for protecting your plants from aphids that you can use instead, including essential oils.
Aphids can be a huge problem in and around the garden.
Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that feed on plant sap. They can be green, yellow, black or white in color and can have wings or not have wings. Aphid numbers tend to build up quickly during spring and summer when the weather is warm and humid. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves but may also appear along stems, buds, flowers and fruit.
You may notice leaf curling as well as yellowing leaves where aphids have been feeding; this is because they suck the sap from plants which leads to stunted growth as well as damaged leaves. If you see any signs of an infestation then it’s worth checking your plants daily until they’ve gone so you catch any new ones before they multiply too much!
Aphids on house plants can even find their way into your home.
If you’re having a problem with aphids on house plants, it’s important to remember that they are small and hard to see. They can easily get into your home through open doors and windows, so be sure to check for any insects when you return from a walk in the garden or the store.
They can also be a problem for indoor plants. You may have heard that aphids love citrus trees—and they do! But if one of these critters gets inside your home, it won’t stop there: they’ll make their way onto other plants, too. And once they find their way into your house (or office), it can be very difficult to stop them from spreading throughout all of your greenery!
So what do we know about these little pests? Well…it turns out that aphids are quite tiny (about 1/8th inch long). They’re also greenish-gray with black legs and antennas…and covered in fine hairs called setae (which gives them their nickname “plant lice”). Their bodies are soft-bodied bugs—meaning they don’t have hard shells like beetles do—and this makes them easy prey for predators like ladybugs or praying mantises (who will eat all kinds of plant lice).
Most people don’t want to spray harsh chemicals around their food crops, or risk killing ladybugs and other beneficial insects by spraying them with pesticides
Most people don’t want to spray harsh chemicals around their food crops, or risk killing ladybugs and other beneficial insects by spraying them with pesticides.
They also don’t want to use pesticides.
Plants are like pets. They can be treated kindly, or mistreated; it is up to us as humans to decide how we treat them.
You can protect your plants from aphids using natural methods and essential oils.
Essential oils are a safe, natural way to get rid of aphids. They’re also better for your plants and the environment than pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
An infestation of aphids on your tomato or rose plants will cause the leaves to curl up and become deformed.
You may notice your tomato or rose plants starting to curl up and become deformed. This is a result of an infestation of aphids, which are sap-sucking insects that are most common in the spring.
If you have an aphid infestation, it will cause your plants to become stunted and discolored, but it can also make the leaves fall off if they’re not treated quickly enough. The good news is that there are several natural remedies for getting rid of aphids naturally at home with essential oils!
A strong stream of water from a hose makes an excellent first line of defense against aphids and other insects that are attacking your plants.
It’s important to note that these plants are not just for show. They all have a practical purpose in the garden, but also make for great conversation starters as well!
If you want to keep aphids out of your vegetable patch or flower bed, try planting garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) or garlic flowers (Allium sativum). These plants work well as companion plants because they repel aphids and other insects by giving off an odor that bugs don’t like.
Try these essential oil mixtures for treating plant pests problems
- Mix peppermint, citronella and clove oils (3 drops each) and apply to infested plants with a cotton swab or spray bottle. Another option is to blend together 1-2 drops each of peppermint, lemon and rosemary essential oils in a teaspoon of water.
- For aphid problems on roses and other flowering plants, mix 3 drops of eucalyptus oil with 1 drop each of lavender & rosemary oil; mix in a teaspoon of water within another small container before applying with a spray bottle.
You don’t need to put up with aphids and other plant pests. Essential oils can be an easy, safe, and effective way to get rid of them.