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How to Get Rid of Aphids in a Greenhouse

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Overview

Aphids feed off of plants' juices by biting and sucking the plant stems and foliage. These critters may be small and almost unnoticeable, but they can weaken and kill greenhouse plants if not treated right away. Seal off your greenhouse to prevent new infestations, then treat the plants to eradicate this pest before it ruins your harvest.

Step 1

Remove all weeds that are bordering the outside of the greenhouse in a 5- to 10-foot swath. Maintain a weed-free environment inside the greenhouse.

Step 2

Seal all openings in the greenhouse to minimize the amount of aphids entering the area. Block out aphids' access to the greenhouse with a netting material that has a minimum mesh size of 434 mm, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture. Cover all vents, windows and pipe entrances.

Step 3

Release biological controls such as Aphidius spp parasitic wasp, Harmonia axyridis and Hippodamia convergens ladybeetle species into the greenhouse to naturally eradicate aphids. These insects can be obtained from many garden stores and nurseries.

Step 4

Treat the greenhouse plants with chemical controls for faster removal. Spray the plants with a standard garden insecticidal soap if the infestation is light. Mist all exposed surfaces of the plant to smother aphids upon contact. Spray with a commercial garden insecticide formulated with kinoprene or pirimicarb and labeled for use against aphids if the infestation is heavy. Follow the product application guidelines for dosage, since toxicity varies by product.

Tips and Warnings

  • Aphids can sometimes be introduced on new plants. Rinse all new additions to the greenhouse with a strong blast of water to dislodge most pests, including aphids. Inspect the rinsed plant. If aphid activity is noticed, treat the plant with an insecticidal soap before bringing it into the greenhouse.

Things You'll Need

  • Weeding equipment
  • Mesh netting
  • Biological controls
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Aphid insecticide

References

  • "Greenhouse Gardener's Companion"; Shane Smith and Marjorie Leggitt; 2000
  • "The Complete Illustrated Handbook of Garden Pests and Diseases and How to Get Rid of Them"; Andrew Mikolajski; 2009
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture: Screening of Greenhouses for Insect Exclusion
Keywords: greenhouse pests, kill aphids, aphids in a greenhouse

About this Author

Josh Duvauchelle is an editor and journalist with more than 10 years' experience. His work has appeared in various magazines, including "Honolulu Magazine," which has more paid subscribers than any other magazine in Hawaii. He graduated with honors from Trinity Western University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in professional communications, and earned a certificate in applied leadership and public affairs from the Laurentian Leadership Centre.

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