Wacky Pest Wednesday: Aphids

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Happy Wednesday to all you Tri-County Pest Control fans out there, and welcome to our latest edition of Wacky Pest Wednesday!  Today, we invite you to join us, as we cover a pests that you may start to see in your garden: the aphids.

Aphids—also known as “plant lice” in other regions of the world—are rather small pests that feed on plants.  Many times, these pests have been equated as a gardener’s worst headache, as they can wreck havoc on plants all around.  Not only that, but these critters produce a sticky honeydew after they eat, which attracts ants.  With all of this in mind, it is no wonder that many people out there despise these tiny critters.

While these critters typically stick to your garden, their ability to attract ants can lead to an ant infestation in your home.  The closer the ants are to you, the more likely they are to smell food from your home and want to come in.  Therefore, it is best to deal with aphids as soon as you can, as it can knock out the chances of an entirely different pest infestation.

However, despite their small size and abundance, aphids are relatively easy to prevent in your garden.  For example, just by leaving a banana peel out where they are common to go in your garden is enough to keep them at bay, as they cannot stand the scent.  This method is not only effective, but will also benefit your plants as the peel will break down into vital nutrients for the plant.  If you find yourself dealing with many aphids crawling on your plants, a simple blast from a water hose should be enough to send them scurrying away, as they are not generally known for climbing back onto a plant after they have been kicked off.

These tips should be enough to keep them away, but should you find yourself with an aphid problem or an ant infestation as a result, you know who to turn to.  With our state-of-the-art pest management strategies, you can be rest assured that when you call us, you are culling the pests out for good.

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