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How to Treat Aphids on Fruit Trees & Plants

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Aphids can be removed without chemical insecticides.
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Aphids are tiny (2mm to 4mm) insects found on almost every kind of plant and fruit tree. Aphids can be red, black, brown or green. Because aphids can reproduce in seven days without mating, it isn't long before your plants and fruit trees become infested. You will need to implement a plan to control these pests as soon as you discover them.

Pick the aphids off one by one. This may not be practical for a large fruit tree, but it will work on plants. Drop the aphids in a bucket of leftover dishwater. They will drown quickly.

Drown the aphids with your garden hose. This works great on plants. If your trees are not too big, you can use this method for them as well.

Use a small spray bottle of insecticidal soap on your plants. You can purchase a large container to pour into a garden sprayer for application on fruit trees. This product is all-natural and safe to use.

Apply horticultural oil to your plants or fruit trees. This product smothers the aphids without damaging any vegetation. Most horticultural oils require you to mix them with water first, so read and follow the instructions on the label carefully.


Things You Will Need

  • Bucket
  • Dishwater
  • Hose
  • Insecticidal soap
  • Garden sprayer
  • Horticultural oil


  • Do not use chemical insecticides on aphids. The insecticide will also kill other insects, including insects that are natural predators to the aphid.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.