Aphids are small sap sucking insects which attack a broad range of plants. They come in different colours, like green, orange, black and grey and are mostly 2-3mm long. They breed at an extraordinary rate and are usually seen in large clusters on fresh new growth. Sap sucking weakens the new growth and can cause distortion as plant tissue develops. Sooty mould often develops as large colonies of aphids will produce significant amounts of honeydew.
Organic Control Methods for Aphids
- Apply OCP eco-oil ensuring good coverage over affected plants.
- Apply OCP eco-neem and again aim for good coverage on plants.
Did you know that OCP eco-oil has been HIPPO Enhanced to attract beneficial insects which feed on aphids? Yes OCP eco-oil is dual action with the spray killing aphids directly and also attracting ladybeetles, hoverflies and tiny parasitoid wasps at the same time. The spray won't harm these beneficial insect. Pretty clever hey!
Planting a range of flowering plants around your garden is another way to attract more of these beneficial insects for natural pest control.