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HELP!!! Attack of the Aphids!


 aphid_oneil_highres[1].jpg Does anyone have any tips on getting rid of these little guys?

I dont want to kill them, something organic and safe that will make them go away!

I planted fennel and this flower that was supposed to attract lady bugs, but it didnt work!

They are all over the mint plant!

This aphids are not mint, they are squares!

Any suggestions?


P.S. This isn't my picture =)






Comments (10)

This website has a bit on how to control aphids, including an interesting part on how ants farm aphids. Control the ants: control the aphids.


Tasha | September 6, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Awesome thanks so much Melanie! =)

Jay replied to Melanie | September 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Wow thanks for all your responses and support on the contest =)


Jay Ashworth replied to Melanie | August 30, 2009 at 10:05 AM

LADYBUGS are voracuous predators of aphids try and encorage these tiny beetles

Flu-Bird | August 26, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Hey congrats on contest. I voted for you!

Melanie | August 26, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Marigolds! A few years ago I decided to start my entire garden inside my house in early March. Everything was looking great until one day I noticed a thick carpet of white/green aphids on my seedlings. I was extremely disappointed and lost about 85% of my crop. The only plants that were not effected by the aphids were sitting beside some Marigolds plants! Ever since then I've always planted Marigolds with my veggies.

Carolyn | August 19, 2009 at 9:15 AM

You can order them via mailorder, and sometimes local nurseries carry them. Here in Victoria, Cannor nurseries had them in the refrigerated case along with the nematodes.

Janice replied to Jay | August 11, 2009 at 2:32 PM

wow! I never knew you could buy ladybugs?!
Where do you get them?
Thanks for the tips!

Jay | August 9, 2009 at 10:01 PM

There may be a good reason not to kill them although I'm not sure why. That is an interesting request. Not to kill aphids. Having thought about it for a split second I realize that they are food for Ladybugs or Lady Birds as some call them. Kill the aphids and there is no food for the Lady Bugs/Birds. Blow them off with a hose would be one way to remove them. I know that Dill Weed attracts predator insects like the Lady Bug/Bird.It also attracts aphids and that is why the Lady Bug/Bird arrives. The Lady Bug/Bird may not be seen in the first year but they will come. Just wait and watch. Or you can help out as I do. Whenever I see a Lady Bug, I bring it home. "Welcome Little Bird. Go gettem!"

gary | August 9, 2009 at 1:49 AM

Insecticidal soap usually works for aphids. You can buy it, OR make it by dissolving about 2T biodegradable dishsoap in 4L water. Use a spray bottle to apply it. Green aphids are usually easier to deal with than black ones.

You can buy ladybugs and introduce them as well, but usually you need to introduce them into the garden early in the season as a preventative measure

Janice | August 7, 2009 at 6:35 PM
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