There are interesting facts about aphids most people are not aware of. Aphids are the most successful garden killers when untreated. Aphids, also known as green flies or plant lice, come in all shapes and sizes. Of the four thousand species of aphids known, 250 of those aphid varieties love finding ways to ruin your garden. Infestation can start slow but aphids can produce quickly and destroy your grow room. Not only do they suck the life out of your plants, but aphids also poop sugar. I know pooping sugar might not sound threatening but stay with me-- these sugary nuggets attract unwanted ants in your loving garden. Sugar-loving ants will farm the aphids like livestock and milk them like cows. That's a combo that you don't want to see in your garden. Before you read on, don't miss the details on aphid prevention, identification, and eradication in our latest video: Now that you watched a quick introduction to the world of aphid infestations, let's do a quick recap on preventing them, identifying aphids in your garden, and safe ways to eradicate aphids.
Sticky traps placed on the floor near plants and hanging near the top will prevent an aphid infestation from the beginning. Aphids do not normally fly but they can produce wings when their current plant host is losing sap or if the population is too crowded. For little insects, they have a sophisticated way of staying alive.
Of course, the ladybug is also an excellent predator to the aphid and freely available, especially during summer. Indoor gardeners may choose to utilize the lacewing instead of the ladybug due to its incredible attraction to HID lights. If your indoor grow room uses ladybugs, plan on about 50% (no exaggeration) of them immediately flying directly into your bulbs and dying. Within 5-10 days, all the ladybugs will have committed suicide in an HID garden. Now let's talk about manually removing aphids with your hands. This is a very effective treatment against aphid infestation. Once the aphid begins feeding it is immobile and easily crushed with fingers or a sponge containing an insecticidal solution. The last method we'll go over: sprays. Insecticidal soap, pyrethrum (aerosol) and homemade sprays are very effective. Apply two or three times daily at 5-10 day intervals. I hope you guys learned a little bit about aphids in this post. Tell me, what do you think is the best way to deal with pests? My philosophy is always making sure you keep a clean environment both inside and outside of your grow op. But that's just me. What're your thoughts?
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