How to Get Rid of Aphids Indoor Without Harming Your Indoor Grow

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How to Get Rid of Aphids Indoor Without Harming Your Indoor Grow
Learning how to get rid of aphids indoor without harming your indoor garden is an essential part of mastering the art of urban cultivation.  If you are planning to grow indoors, you are going to have to deal with pests one day.  No matter how clean your garden is, there is always a chance stray pests could happen upon your plants.
 
Aphids are also known as plant lice and these nasty little bugs can turn your prized garden into graveyard if left unchecked.  Aphids come in a number of different colors ranging from white, green, brown, and even wooly.  These cannabis killers are capable of asexual reproduction; they can replicate themselves.  This means one aphid can quickly become a thousand aphids if you fail to notice their presence in time.
 
There are over 4000 types of aphids found in the wild and among these 4000; around 250 species prefer to feast on garden plants.  Because of their ability to reproduce so quickly and the damage they can do to your plants, aphids are considered one of the worst garden pests to be infested with.
 
 

How Aphids Kill Your Plants


 
Aphids kill your garden in a couple of very different ways.  The first way Aphids ruin your garden is by sucking the sap out of your plant's vessels.  These vampire pests literally tap into your plant's veins and suckle the life out of their vessels.  If this isn't enough to motivate you to learn how to rid your garden of these monsters, perhaps the next step in their murderous plot will be.
 

After an Aphid is full of your plant's precious life juices, it then begins to cover your plant in its feces.  Aphid feces have an unusually high fructose content and as a result of this, Aphids will lure other destructive pests into your garden quickly.  Ants love to eat Aphid poo and if one ant detects the presence of this tasty doo-doo, it will surely alert the entire colony.  Before you know it, your plants will be battling against all odds just to survive. 
 
Once an aphid notices your plant is running low on sap, it can sprout a pair of wings and fly over to the next closest meal.  This is why you need to take these evil little hijackers out before they can take over full control of your garden.  Before you can do any effective aphid treatment, you need to know how to spot these pests.  To verify that you are indeed dealing with aphids you should invest in a 10x microscope.  Aphids have the shape of a light bulb with the socket end being the head.  You will also notice six legs and two long antennae.  These garden assassins range in length from 1 - 10mm and their colors vary widely.
 
 

Aphid Prevention


 
The best way to avoid an aphid infestation is to practice a solid prevention strategy.  Never go directly into your garden from the outdoors.  Aphids are everywhere in the wild and if you aren't careful, you could give one a free trip to your garden.  In order to prevent hitchhiking aphids from gaining access to your plants, pets need to be kept away from your garden as well.
 
Neem oil is very effective at discouraging aphids from setting up shop.  This organic compound naturally repels Aphids and other pests without harming your plants.  Sticky traps can be another cheap addition that can help to catch airborne aphids before they start popping babies all over your garden.
 
 

How to Get Rid of Aphids Indoor Without Harming Your Indoor Grow


 
 
 

Aphid Eaters


The best way to eradicate an aphid infestation is by using natural aphid predators.  Lacewing and ladybugs love to feast on aphids and either is very effective at cleaning house.  Lacewing is preferred over ladybugs if you are using a HID light.  Ladybugs are drawn to light and a large majority of them will end up dying trying to gain access to your HID light.  LED lights are going to be better suited for the use of ladybugs because they run much cooler so you don’t fry your rescue team.
 

Soap Bath


If you don't like the idea of adding bugs to your garden you can always make a soap bath for your plants.  Simply mix dish soap with some water in a bucket and dunk each of your plants.  Be sure to swirl each one a little bit to make sure everywhere is coated in soapy water.  Repeat this step 3 times a day for 5 days and all of your aphids will meet a soapy demise.

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