Killing Aphids Naturally: How To Get Rid Of Aphids Safely
The following are some of the main points in this article:
How to Kill Aphids Naturally
1) If you have any kind of problem with aphid infestation, then it’s better to use natural methods first.
You don’t need to spend money on expensive products or treatments. All you need is a few simple things which will make your life easier and safer.
2) There are many ways to kill aphids naturally.
Some of them include using vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, tea tree oil and other natural remedies. However, there are certain ingredients which will not only work well but they’re also very cheap!
So here’s what you’ll learn today…
3) First of all, let me say that I’m going to tell you how to kill aphids without spending a dime.
That’s right, no chemicals or anything else. No expensive products either.
Just a few easy steps and you’ll be able to get rid of these annoying pests easily.
4) Let’s start off with the most basic way to kill aphids naturally.
And that would be by spraying them with vinegar!
5) Vinegar kills aphids because it contains acetic acid which is a strong antiseptic agent.
This means it kills microorganisms which are harmful to our bodies.
6) You should spray straight white vinegar on the plants where you notice aphids.
Be very careful though because it might damage your plant if you use too much of it. This is why you need to do a small test before spraying large quantities of it.
7) Just take a small spray bottle, fill it up with water and then add a small quantity of vinegar.
Don’t add too much of it because it might damage your plant!
8) Shake the bottle gently and then spray it on the leaves of your plant.
You should do this in the early morning because aphids are most active during warm hours. This is also the reason why you should do the spraying in the morning.
9) It’s best to spray it on the new growths of your plants which usually occur in the spring or early summer.
This is also the time when you’ll notice aphids on your plants.
10) Fertilizers, especially liquid ones are very dangerous for your plants because of their high chemical content. Your plants might develop a lot of problems if you feed them with chemically treated water or food.
11) That’s why it’s important that you use natural and organic foods for your plants. Most importantly, you should stop using chemical fertilizers and go back to the traditional ones.
12) There are many different types of natural and organic fertilizers and most of them are actually available at your backyard. For instance, if you have grass then you can collect its clippings to use as fertilizer for your plants.
13) Another type of fertilizer that you can try is using chicken manure. Although most people don’t know about this, the droppings from chickens actually make excellent fertilizer for plants.
14) You should combine the droppings with some other types of fertilizer because it only contains a small amount of nutrients.
15) If you have a large garden, then the best option for you is to use fish as fertilizer. This type of fertilizer is easy to make and it’s completely natural.
The process is also relatively cheap so most home gardeners usually use it.
16) First of all, you should collect the fish. It can be of any type but it’s best if you use the larger ones because they contain more nutrients.
If possible, try to choose fish that have been feeding on smaller fish because this will have even more nutrients than those that feed on plants or plankton.
17) After you’ve collected enough fish, put them in a bucket and mix them together. Cover the bucket with a net because this will prevent other animals from getting inside.
18) Keep in mind that the smell of the bucket will be very strong so it’s best to put it somewhere away from your house or garden.
19) Let the fish rot for about a month. You should stir it a few times every week to make sure that the process is even and the nutrients are distributed evenly.
20) After a month, the fish should have dissolved and you’ll notice that a liquid has formed at the bottom of the bucket. This is what you can use as fertilizer.
21) The liquid from the bucket can be used as is but in some cases it might be too strong and can burn the roots of certain plants. For this reason, you should dilute it with water before using it as fertilizer.
22) If you want to make the process even easier, then you can use fish food to fertilize your plants instead of using the liquid from the bucket.
23) To do this, you should get a large bag of fish food. You can usually find this in pet stores and some aquariums.
The content of the bag will look like small pellets and it’s usually yellowish in color.
24) Use a shovel to fill up a shallow hole with the pellets. Make sure that the hole isn’t deeper than 3 inches.
25) Wait a few days for the pellets to start dissolving and then stir it around with the shovel to make sure that all the pellets dissolve. You can now water your plants with this solution.
26) You can use the liquid from the bucket to water your plants too. It will give them a nice dark green color and it will make them grow faster and stronger.
Just make sure to dilute the liquid before applying it on the plants.
27) The water that you should use to dilute the fertilizer should be from a clean source. Rainwater is usually the best option because it won’t have any sort of chemicals in it.
If you don’t have a rainwater collector, then you can always get some fresh tap water and leave it outside in a bucket for a few days so that most of the chlorine in it evaporates.
28) If you want to use bottled water to dilute the fertilizer, make sure that it doesn’t have any added chemicals because this could have an adverse effect on your plants.
Diseases and Pests
1) If you’ve had some fungi or insects infesting your garden in the past, then there’s a good chance that they’ll come back.
This is because they can sense when plants are weak and they’ll try to invade them.
2) The best way to prevent this is to make sure that your plants are strong and healthy.
You can achieve this by planting a wide variety of different crops. Also, try to rotate the places where you plant your seeds every once in a while.
If you’re growing the same plants in the same place every year then that’s more opportunity for pests and diseases to attack them.
3) Another good idea is to introduce some natural predators to your garden.
Before you go about doing this, do some research though because some of these creatures can be as harmful to your garden as the pests themselves. If you introduce the right predators to your garden then they should keep the pests under control.
4) Another thing you can do is use companion planting.
This means that you grow certain plants together which either repel or attract pests.
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