I have a lovely plant in my yard but notice that there are ants wandering up and down the stems. Noticed what must be aphids and have tried picking them off but they return quickly. What can I use to get rid of them or manage them more effectively?
Do you smoke??
If so break 3/4 cigarette tabaco into about 500ml of boiling water and leave to soak for at least 2 hours.when ready put liquid into a small plant sprayer and spray the plant using all the liquid.This wont kill aphids instantly but it will deter them from the plant,you will need to repeat as needed.
Do not spray in the heat of the day or when heavy dew
Depends,if sprayed in morning then end of day,if at night might take longer as aphids are not as active at night when temperature drops.I cant say this will kill them for sure as there are alot of factors involved.
Will the plant take up the mix?
what type of aphid are they(There are a few different kinds/colours)
Strenght of tabaco??(black tabaco is best)
As i said i have used this mix and its always worked for me but different locations,applications.
Is this plant the feeding plant or are they just resting there(some aphid dont feed and rest on the same plant)
Take a good look round the garden for other signs(Pay attenion to weeds as well as they can be a breeding ground that gets over looked)aphids dont usually travel far,but if you find 1 there will be others close by.
This may seem obvious but dont water the plant after spraying always before and leave treatment until plant is dry.
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