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.

Control:
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.

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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

Hi! I was wondering if someone could help me identify what is growing on my plants. Unfortunately I think all of my pods have been wasted and I will have to throw them away.

Thanks,

Jeff

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Hi @Swainjs, welcome to the community!

Unfortunately, your garden is infested with aphids. They are not the worst pests to have, so if you follow the instructions above, you may just get rid of them, and prevent them coming back.
Good luck!

Hi,

It seems I just discovered both my cilantro and dille were full of green bugs. I immediately threw them away but seems all plants have a tiny amount of these very very small green bugs. I assume it’s fair to assume to best start over, but what are these called and how can I prevent it from happening again?

Thanks,
Laura

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Hi @LauraR, unfortunately, you have an aphid problem. But the good news is that you can get rid of them without throwing your tomato pods out. Just follow the instructions above and locate all colonies, also on your house plants, if you have any.
Also, consider thinning tomato pod and leave just one seedling to grow per pod, you can find instructions on how to do that on the app or check out this video on youtube.

Hello and thank you for being here!
My entire 9 pod garden became infested with bugs. It started on one tomato plant with little eggs and I saw the leaves curling at the tips. I panicked and threw it all out but got a photo of the bugs. Any idea what they are?

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They look like aphids! I’m not entirely sure the best way to get rid of them, but spraying your plants with a 50/50 mix of 70% alcohol and water can kill them and their eggs. I’ve sprayed potted vines in the past and they were fine, but you might want to double check that the alcohol is ok for whatever plants you’re growing before you try that!

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Thank you! I’m very grateful for your help.

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Thank you for directing me to this information Maret.:pray: