APHIDS!!!!!!!!!!

APHIDS!!!!!!!!!!

Ugh! So I finally got a chance to check on my tea roses after a hectic family visit. (It's sad but it can get easy to neglect proper inspection of my plants when family is in town. Shame on me!) And my poor roses were COVERED in pale green aphids. We're talking an entire community, moms, winged dads <---or whatever those are, babies, live births happening before my eyes, school buses, an aphid YWCA, aphid grocery stores and even a rave. I seriously neglected my roses for one week and that's what happened. Anyway, the tea roses are indoors for the winter so my usual remedy for aphids, ladybugs is out of the question. So to all of you who have indoor aphid problems, here is what worked for me today. :) 8 oz spray bottle of water 1/2 tsp soap (I used Hugo Naturals grapefruit hand soap although it's recommended you use an organic dish soap) 2 tsp of Neem oil (I used TheraNeem for the Garden made by Organix) I mixed the oil and the soap and a little bit of water in the spray bottle and then filled the rest of the bottle with water. I then proceeded to spray the crap out of the aphids on the rose branches with no mercy. There are three tea rose plants in the huge pot so I used an entire spray bottle on each plant. I then used 3 more spray bottles filled with the soap/Neem mixture to drench the soil around each plant. The smell is weird, Neem oil smells a lot like tobacco and mixed with the grapefruit soap it seriously reminded me of the smell of one of my 90 year old neighbors. LOL Anyway, I read that banana peel is also good for discouraging aphids so I chopped a peel up and spread it over the soil around the plant. Within about a half hour I checked on the plant and the pot is littered with aphid carcasses. The branches and leaves had been crawling with these bugs, their antennas and legs flicking all over the place and the ones still on the leaves are completely stiff, some of them seemingly dead in mid-step. The babies are just spots stuck together by suds now and nothing seems to be alive. I think my roses have lived to fight another day! I'll check and spray em again tomorrow just to make sure but I hope this helps y'all! :) Happy New Year!
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