Garden. How do I get rid of "White" flies or Aphids ?

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  • Vondie Vondie on Sep 12, 2017
    My family and I have had great luck this summer & fall by using a home -made spray using epsom salts dissolved in water then spraying the plants affected with the white flies or aphids. Lukewarm water ( a gallon ) and a heaping tablespoon epsom salts, then put into a spray bottle. Hope this helps you!

  • Vondie Vondie on Sep 12, 2017
    I'll try again to reply, I may have hit wrong button. One tablespoon Epsom salts dissolved in a gallon of lukewarm water, then put into a spray bottle. My family ( all gardeners ) and I just learned about this a few months ago and it works well on aphids and other pesty bugs. Doesn't harm butterflies or bees. Good Luck!

  • PJ Wise PJ Wise on Sep 12, 2017
    Note: The following came from Planet Natural Research Center:

    Pinch or prune off heavily infested leaves or other plant parts.
    -Use the Bug Blaster to hose off plants with a strong stream of water and reduce pest numbers.
    -Commercially available beneficial insects, such as ladybugs and lacewing are important natural predators. For best results, make releases when pest levels are low to medium. If populations are high, use a least-toxic, short-lived natural pesticide to establish control, then release predatory insects to maintain control.
    -Apply food-grade Diatomaceous Earth for long-lasting protection. Made up of tiny fossilized aquatic organisms, that look like broken glass under the microscope, DE kills by scoring an insect’s outer layer as it crawls over the fine powder. Contains NO toxic poisons!
    -Safer® Soap will work fast on heavy infestations. A short-lived natural pesticide, it works by damaging the outer layer of soft-bodied insect pests, causing dehydration and death within hours. Apply 2.5 oz/ gallon of water when insects are present, repeat every 7-10 day as needed.
    -Horticultural oils should be applied early in the season or late in the fall to destroy overwintering eggs.
    -Fast-acting botanical insecticides should be used as a last resort. Derived from plants which have insecticidal properties, these natural pesticides have fewer harmful side effects than synthetic chemicals and break down more quickly in the environment.
    -Do not over water or over fertilize – aphids like plants with high nitrogen levels and soft new growth. Use organic fertilizers which release nutrients slowly.

    Ants love the honeydew aphids exude and will protect them. To keep ants away, add some tanglefoot to the lower stems of the plants to control them.



  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Sep 13, 2017
    You can spray them with soapy water :)