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Oh, how I hate aphids. I start my pepper plants indoors, from seed, and every single year I have an aphid problem. Not that aphids are discriminating. They love vegetables and flowers alike. And they travel in packs - huge, ever reproducing packs.

If you can catch an aphid problem early, it is possible to hose them away with a strong blast of water. But we all know they'll be back. About.com's Organic Gardening Guide, Colleen Vanderlinden, offers recipes for two safe, but effective, Homemade Sprays for Fighting Aphids.

Let's face it, we all encounter an aphid or 2 in our gardens. (Who am I kidding? When have you ever seen 1 or 2 aphids?) Take a look and be prepared when the little pests put in an appearance.

Photo: Marie Iannotti

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April 12, 2008 at 7:21 am
(1) tabsey says:

Can recommend the garlic spray. When used to the max on lettuce, you don’t need salad dressing.

April 14, 2008 at 7:21 am
(2) tabsey says:

Forgot to mention nicotine spray. Same technique as garlic spray, substitute same amount tobacco). Kills everything that moves – and your tomato plants if you spray them. Very effective on a one off basis to protect seedlings.

April 21, 2010 at 12:43 pm
(3) Mary Beth says:

I use a simple dish detergent solution (1 tablespoon per gallon of water) and spray my plants. It works really well, but it will also kill beneficial insects. I have also used ladybugs and praying mantises for pest control with good results. My praying mantis egg case hatched last week and the tiny baby mantises ate every aphid on my patio garden! You can buy egg cases and ladybugs at almost any gardening center.

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