Add shine and deter aphids by wiping the leaves of plants with the inside of a banana peel. The peel adds shine to leaves while also leaving traces of nutrients and a natural pesticide.
What smell do aphids hate?
Lavender, which has an incredibly strong scent, can be planted to protect nearby plants from pests such as white fly. In Sydney’s Botanical Gardens it’s also used to mask the scent of roses from aphids. Basil is another companion plant that is often used to repel aphids.
What kills aphids but not the plant?
Make a homemade insecticidal soap, a low-toxicity bug control solution that will desiccate the soft bodies and kill the aphids without doing harm to your plants. Simply mix a few teaspoons of liquid dish soap with one quart of water, then spray or wipe the solution onto the leaves, stems, and buds of the plant.
Do aphids hate lavender?
Lavender oil comes from an herb known as Lavandula and it’s the aroma of the herb that keeps the aphids away. Lavender grows best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 5.
Why do I have so many aphids?
Why do aphids appear in swarms? … The rapid growth of aphid numbers is because the species doesn’t rely on sex for reproduction. The all-female aphids reproduce “parthenogenetically”, meaning without the need for their eggs to be fertilised by males. Unlike most insects, aphids also give birth to live (all female) young.
How do you keep aphids from coming back?
More tips on how to Prevent Aphids:
Grow plants with strong scents to deter them: This method uses strong-smelling herbs (oregano, basil, chives, sage,…etc) and alliums (onions, garlic, leeks, green onions) to deter the flies from landing on your vegetables and then making aphid babies.