Q. Is there an easy way to get rid of insects on my garden plants?
Yes. Insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites can all be controlled with a morning spray of water to knock them off your garden plants. Water-spraying pests for several days in succession will disrupt the pests' breeding and hatching cycle and can eliminate the population.
Use a hose with a nozzle that gives a fine but hard spray of water. It is best to spray plants early in the morning three days in a row or every other day. Besides washing off the pests that are already feeding on the plants, you want to eliminate those that will hatch from eggs laid on plants by adult insects.
You can also use sticky traps.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service