Cure for Aphids?

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Cure for Aphids?

Postby peanut_butter » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:21 am


Does anyone knows a good cure for Aphids? I plant along the corridor.
I have been trimming so much infected leaves from my Chili plants, they are going botak.Yet the infection is still spreading from plants to plants. Even my cat nip is infected. I though mint is a natural cure?

The plant under the bridge near my place was completely covered with 'white cotton'. I think I might be a carrier when I pass by....

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Re: Cure for Aphids?

Postby icy_mama » Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:31 am

those white pests are sooooo irritating.

try this... (extracted from http://homeguides.sfgate.com/kill-aphid ... 45168.html)

Spraying with insecticidal soap will kill aphids.
Aphids, tiny pear-shaped insects about 1/8 inch long, feed on your houseplants' sap. They also secrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which ants love. Aphid infestations aren’t typically harmful to your plant’s overall health, but their feeding can make plants look unattractive and the honeydew they secrete can lead to sooty mold. Aphids aren’t difficult to kill, whether you use natural or chemical treatments, but heavy infestations will need repeated treatments for total eradication.

Natural Control
1
Take your houseplant outside and spray the foliage with a strong jet of water. This will remove aphids from your plant, and they will not be able to get back on.
2
Dip plants into a bucket of clean water to remove aphids if they have delicate foliage that may be damaged by spraying. Turn the plant upside down and submerge only the above-ground portions of the plant.
3
Cut away damaged or heavily infested plant parts and destroy them.
4
Rinse your houseplants with clean water weekly to remove newly hatched aphids and to prevent re-infestation.

Chemical Control
1
Apply rubbing alcohol to the foliage with a cotton swab to kill small groups of aphids on houseplants.
2
Mix a solution of insecticidal soap or horticultural oil and water, according to the label directions, and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray the plants with the solution, holding the sprayer at least 18 inches away from the plant to avoid damage. Cover the entire plant, including the undersides of the leaves with the spray. Leave the plant outside until the foliage has dried to limit pesticide exposure in the home.
3
Repeat applications of insecticides, as needed. In cases of severe infestations, it may require several applications to kill all aphids on your plant.
4
Treat severe infestations with an insecticide spray containing pyrethins, imidacloprid or pyrethroids. Pyrethrin-based sprays work well for indoor plants because pyrethrins are natural, fast-acting insecticides that have a short persistence and low toxicity.

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Re: Cure for Aphids?

Postby Funz » Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:22 pm

Those look more like whitefly infestation than aphids.

Chilli plants are very susceptible to whitefly infestation. Very tedious to get rid of and maintain.

I would cut off the leaves that are badly affected. Spray the whole plant with organic insecticides like neem oil. I will douse the leaves, especially the undersides. Leave it for a day or 2. Thereafter, daily, I will have a small pail of water and a towel and I will give the leaves a sponge bath. And once a week I will respray the insecticide.

To maintain, you have to periodically check the leaves, once you see some white spots, quickly wipe it off and spray the insecticide. This will help keep the white fly infestation at bay.

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Re: Cure for Aphids?

Postby tutormum » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:58 pm

My plants are covered with white dots. What infestation is that and how to get rid of them? It also spreads from plant to plant and one of them is dead (dried and hollow liao).
Can anybody advise? TIA

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Re: Cure for Aphids?

Postby peanut_butter » Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:33 am

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Can I buy neem oil at the FairPrice supermarket? I used Baygon insecticide but it did not work. Luckily my neighbor did not complaint about the smell.

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