The green and black aphids can transmit fungi and viruses that cause the plant to die. To prevent this, you should keep your plants aphid-free. To protect the environment and also treat the plants with less aggressive means, you should resort to home remedies against aphids instead of using chemical agents.

  1. Cold water

It can be so simple. For light infestations, it is often enough to spray the aphids off the plants with cold water from a garden hose. Tip: According to amateur gardeners, it is important that the water is very cold.

  1. Garlic water

If you want to use more than just water, you can make a garlic broth. This consists of 300 grams of fresh garlic and 3 quarts of boiling water. Allow to infuse for 30 minutes, then drain the decoction and spray it on the pest-infested plant using a spray bottle. Tip: Wait with spraying until the garlic decoction has cooled down completely, otherwise you will harm the plant.

  1. Water with detergent

An even faster way is to mix water with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and then spray it on the aphids. Repeat the whole thing after a few days to also catch the aphids that hatched later.  Tip: This method is particularly thorough if you apply the dishwashing liquid mixture with a brush.

  1. Ladybugs

Ladybugs are among the natural enemies of aphids. Especially the larvae and young ladybugs can consume up to 100 aphids a day. Thus, it may be worthwhile to transfer ladybugs from the garden to the aphid-infested plant. Tip: If you do not find ladybugs in your own garden, you can also order the natural pest controllers on the Internet.

  1. Collecting

Time-consuming, yet effective: The aphids can be collected from the plants by hand. Tip: If you are disgusted by the aphids, you can simply put on garden gloves before you fight the vermin. Or you can use adhesive tape.

  1. Cold coffee

Caffeine is said to have a paralyzing effect on aphids. Therefore, some amateur gardeners advise spraying infested plants with cold coffee. Tip: In addition, you can mix the coffee grounds under the soil of the plant. This fertilizes the soil and strengthens the plant. So, you have a double effect against the pests.

Since you can never be sure that you have caught all aphids (and their eggs) with one treatment, you should repeat each method after one or two days. Then the plants are guaranteed to be aphid-free, and you can enjoy your garden or balcony again unclouded. Which aphid remedy have you had the best experience with?