Aphids, aphids, or plant lice lice are a common pest in orchards and gardens. There are about 4,000 species in the superfamily Aphidoidea, divided into 10 families. Of all aphid species, there are approximately 250 that are pests to trees, ornamental plants and vegetables.
Most plants will have aphids sometime. Despite causing leaf curl, aphids usually do not cause further damage unless there is an underlying management, such as the overuse of fertilizers. A low or moderate number of aphids can feed the plants without killing them. However, when there is an explosion of the population of aphids (especially vegetables), it is necessary to remove them to avoid damaging the crop. To eliminate aphids, it is useful to consider a three-pronged strategy
Now let’s examine the three fronts more detail.
Aphids are common and exist in many gardens, but if you see that your plants are covered with aphids and / or wilting because of the excessive amount of aphids, there is a problem. Some common causes are
One way to reduce the number of aphids on your plants is to protect their natural enemies. In most cases, these beneficial insects already exist in your garden, it’s just a matter of not killing them. In some cases (as in a large garden), it can be useful to buy and drop them where there are more aphids. Remember that insecticides and pesticides kill these beneficial insects also.