How to Control Aphids Organically

  1. livelonger profile image93
    livelongerposted 5 years ago

    How to Control Aphids Organically

    I have a ton of gray cabbage aphids infesting my broccoli, cabbage, and kale plants, but don't want to use pesticides since I want to eat the vegetables! How can I control this infestation effectively but safely?

  2. The Dirt Farmer profile image96
    The Dirt Farmerposted 5 years ago

    Hi livelonger.

    The first thing I would do if I were you is squish them by hand, give them a good blast with the hose to dislodge them (and then squish them into the ground) or spray them with water that has a very little bit of mild dish detergent in it. (The detergent is alkaline and will kill any soft-bodied insect.) If you use the soapy water, I would follow it with a blast of fresh water so no soap residue remains on your leaves.

    You could also buy and release a tub of ladybugs. Once they've finished feeding, they'll go elsewhere.

    For ideas on controlling them long-term through Integrated Pest Management, check out my hub

    Good luck to you!

  3. JamesGrantSmith profile image59
    JamesGrantSmithposted 4 years ago

    There are various solutions ranging from washing up liquid to vinegar, to pester-sides, just experiment, what works best for someone else may not work best for you as Insects can build up resistance.