Aphids on my trees, aphids on my bushes, aphids everywhere! The most effective thing I have found against them is garlic. I planted garlic all around both my trees and so far it seems to have helped. A few years ago we had them all over the honey suckle in the front yard and I planted 2 cloves of garlic next to each one and never had a problem since.
The tree's are more precious to me than the honey suckle so I planted multiple cloves around each tree. I was fortunate that although I did not plant the garlic until late June, they are already growing. I think they are helping.
Unfortunately, I believe I now need to add garlic to my whole yard. I am finding what I believe are aphids less on my trees and more in my flower gardens.
Although I am not a fan of planting for the sake of planting.....I do have a particular soft spot for lilies and lilacs and roses. As such, my garden with lily bulbs is showing the signs. I will add the garlic soon.
These horrible little creatures serve no purpose, in my opinion, other than to make life difficult. I cannot see how they may be useful in any way at all. I have battled them every year for the past 3 or 4 years.
Nasturtiums are said to repel them. I planted nasturtiums, but still got the bugs.
The most effective measures I have found is Diatomaceous Earth sprayed on the underside of the plant leaves with a Garden Spritzer.
|Squash bug, not yet fully ugly adult. Too close for comfort though. Pulled off one of my zucchini plants.|