A while ago I had aphids on my lime tree. I simply sprayed them off and they went away.
Now I am dealing with aphids on my pepper plant and eggplant. I’m doing the same thing – spraying them off with water. Also I wipe them off with my fingers. I never spray insecticides on anything in my yard.
But, the key here is to check for the presence of ladybugs – in all their life stages. I don’t want to get rid of those. And, in order for ladybugs to choose your garden to lay her eggs, she wants to see some aphids for her children to eat.
So maybe I should be leaving the aphids there and see what happens? A large aphid infestation can kill plants. (Update: by May, every aphid was gone!) Aphids suck the juice from the greenery. They excrete a sugary substance which then attracts ants, but ladybugs eat lots of aphids every day.
These aphids were brown in color. Aphids can be many colors, such as green, black, brown, pink, yellow, white, and blue (really?) and even furry (wooly aphids).
The little buggers are even inside the white flowers on the pepper. And I recently purchased a hot pepper plant and noticed they were also on it.
Aphids in Their Many Colors
Because I have a small garden with only one or two plants containing aphids, I can easily control them with a spray of water. Or wait patiently for lady bugs to show up.
A natural way to destroy aphids is to have ladybugs eat them. Unfortunately the beautiful spotted ladies never seem to show up at the right time, or in large enough numbers. Or could it be that the garden is not welcoming enough? Or I am not patient enough!
I will begin paying better attention to the eggs, bugs and pests in my garden. In fact after writing this post, I went outside to check on my hibiscus.