You’ve planted plants like milkweed, bee balm or California lilac, and you’re delighted to see bees and butterflies fluttering about your garden. These lively pollinators make you feel good and you love what they’re bring to your property.
Unfortunately, sometimes you also notice your tomatoes infested with aphids.
- Prevention is the best treatment. Inspect your plants — including under their leaves before bringing them home
- When you do see pests like aphids, wash them away. Dab scale insects with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol
- Regularly clear away the plant’s fallen leaves, fruit and debris
- Use Horticultural oil, like Year-Round® Spray Oil which acts as a suffocator, and is effective against adelgids, aphids, leafhoppers, mealybugs, mites, scale, spider mites, thrips and whiteflies. The product must come into direct contact with insects while it’s wet and becomes safe for beneficial insects (and ineffective against pests) once it dries.