Pests- Aphids

Identifying: Aphids have tiny, pear-shaped bodies with long antennae; the nymphs look similar to adults. Most species have two short tubes projecting from their hind end. Various species can appear to be white, black, brown, gray, yellow or light green. Adults may or may not have wings.

Damage: Nymphs and adults feed on plant juices. They attack leaves, stems, buds, flowers, fruit, and/or roots, depending on the species. Look for misshapen, curling, stunted, or yellowing leaves and new buds that are deformed. Be sure to check the undersides of leaves; aphids love to hide there. If the leaves or stems are covered with a sticky substance, that is a sign that aphids may have been sipping sap.

Water- Wash them off under running water, monitor the plant and repeat if necessary.
Ethanol spray- Make a spray mixture (75 percent of alcohol (ethanol 40%) and 25 percent of water).
Neem oil - It inhibits insect nutrition and fertility, therefore life cycle will be disturbed. Follow package instructions for diluting the oil in water and spray the affected areas, repeat if necessary. Although neem oil is of natural origin, wait a few days after spraying before eating your plants.


Today I found small bugs and their eggs/larvae on my plants. This is my second batch of plants in my device. I grow ruccola, basil and cilantro together. The first batch had no issues and was great. Today while harvesting my second ruccola (40 days old) I noticed small bugs and eggs on the leaves. The whole plant is covered but the plant is healthy. Then I noticed that my basil (26 days old) is suffering, with dead sprouts.

Nothing has changed in terms of position, temperature compared to my first batch of plants. I will have to throw out the current pods but how do I stop this from happening again?

Any help would be appreciated! I attach a photo of the bugs for reference.

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Hi @Brent_Ellis, welcome to the community!

Those pests are aphids. It is totally feasible to get rid of aphids if you follow the suggestions above by @Maret