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Aphid Control
Insecticidal Soap: You can find recipes online to make, your own.

Neem Oil: A vegetable oil from the seeds and fruits of the neem tree.

Vegetable Oil: Term used for any oil derived from oil-seed crops; soybean, cottonseed, canola and sunflower.

Pyrethrins: Occur in the seed cases of Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. Caution should be used as it is toxic to cats and fish. Some humans can have a reaction also.
Aphids are one of the most common and destructive insect pests known, with about 4,400 species worldwide.  They can be green, yellow, red, black, brown, pink or almost colorless.  Aphids feed by sucking sap from plants.  It causes decreased growth, distorted leaves, yellowing curled leaves, browning, wilting and death.  As they feed, aphids secrete a sugary liquid waste called "honeydew".  The honeydew can result in a black sooty mold growth on your plants.
Aphids reproduce quickly and spread to your neighboring plants.  Treating infected plants as soon as noticed is important.  Control can be accomplished in several different ways.  Insecticidal soap, insecticides or horticultural oils can be used.  Caution should be used when using oils.  Some plants are sensitive to it's use and cause damage.  Always  read the directions and cautions on the bottle.  Alternatively, you can use biological control such as ladybugs or lacewings.  Be on the lookout for the nymphs of ladybugs.  I've included a picture of one so that you will know these little bugs are the good guys!   Companion planting can also be used.  Aphids dislike the smell of catnip, garlic and mint.  You can place these plants near an infected plant and the aphids will leave.  I have never tried this one myself but have read that it works.  If anybody has experience with using this technique, please leave us a comment.  My personal preference is to make my own insecticidal soap with natural ingredients I have at home in my own kitchen. 
linda
6/5/2012 01:23:38 am

I was wondering what those little pest were!!! Thanks a bunch!

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Amie
6/8/2012 09:59:22 am

Me too!! I knew about aphids, but not exactly what they looked like! I had no idea they hated certain plants. Very interesting and helpful! Thanks!

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6/8/2012 12:29:39 pm

So glad to hear it was helpful and that you learned something. Means I am accomplishing what I set out to do. Thank you!

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7/8/2012 08:40:00 pm

really nice information regarding insects good job keep it up..

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7/9/2012 02:05:44 am

Thank you very much. Aphids can be devastating pests!

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5/29/2013 04:48:01 pm

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