Before implementing control measures, it’s important to accurately identify aphids and differentiate them from other pests. Aphids are typically small, soft-bodied insects, ranging from green to brown or black in color. They often cluster on the undersides of leaves and can reproduce rapidly, leading to large infestations if left unchecked.
One of the first lines of defense against aphids is encouraging natural predators that help keep their populations in check. Ladybugs, lacewings, and predatory beetles are known aphid predators. Introducing these beneficial insects to your garden can create a balanced ecosystem, reducing the need for chemical interventions.