Insect Pest Control

aphids/plant lice keeps multiplying how do I rid them.

Zone K6J3J5 | GardeningMoon added on November 22, 2018 | Answered

I noticed these tiny white lice looking bugs all over the leaves of my house plants. Googled a bit,plant lice/aphids? tried dish soap/water/veg oil mix in a spray bottle and sprayed every leaf on every plant making sure to drench the heavy bug areas. Repeated every two days for a week. Each time I go to respray it's like they multiply.... I do not have windows to sit my plants at/under so I use grow lights 12hrs on/off a day in the corner on my kitchen table. I have about 15-20 plants,they do have a lot of mold on the ground surface but I don't know how to stop that (I read the mold breeds the aphids? ) How can I get rid of the aphids and maybe the mold?

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Answered on November 23, 2018

They are, in fact, aphids! This can be controlled quite easily with simple neem oil. Otherwise, garlic, chrysanthemum extract, rosemary oil, and thyme oil are a good defense against these.

This collection of articles will give you many ways to gett rid of these pests. Many will, also, work on the mold:

As for keeping the mold away... Make sure that you only water after the first two inches of soil are completely and thoroughly dry. This will keep infections from forming in the future.

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