Environmentally Safe Treatment of Aphids on Honeysuckle Vine
Last year my honeysuckle vine was infested with aphids. I don't want to use chemicals because the hummingbirds feed on the nectar. Do you know of any way or of any product that's environmentally safe and will take care of the aphids?
Patience and a little help from nature will often take care of the problem. A heavy rain, hungry bird or ladybeetle will help keep the aphid populations in check. You can lend a helping hand and still enjoy the hummingbirds. Spray the aphid infested branches with a strong blast of water. This is often enough to keep the populations down and minimize the damage. The next step is insecticidal soap, Neem or another eco-friendly product labeled for aphid control. This insecticidal soap is just a soap that has been formulated to be gentle on plants. Neem is a plant derived insecticide. Repeat applications may be needed. Fortunately the honeysuckles are tough plants and can tolerate the aphid feeding even though it looks bad.
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