Aphids are outdoor pests. They are also unwelcome (indoor) guests. No homeowner wants aphids on their trailing philodendrons or ripening tomato plants. You don’t want to rip out that precious cucumber plant, with its rough, succulent stem that you had so carefully tended to during that late spring frost or toss that massive peace lily plant that your grandmother had given you when you graduated from college.
You must put an end to these pests and you must do so quickly. Understanding their life cycle is key. Being proactive is a necessity.
The Life Cycle of an Aphid
Aphids can increase with great speed. Though a female aphid’s life is short, averaging around 25 days, her offspring, numbering in the 80s, carry on her legacy. These nymphs come into this world, mature into adults, and can start laying more eggs within 7 days time.
Their life cycle is mysterious and complicated. In the spring, a female gives birth to female nymphs without mating. You read it right. These babies are all female and she gives birth asexually—without a male. This mama aphid continues to give birth to female aphids throughout the spring and summer. These babes, all born live, are all basically clones of their mother. In the fall, though, a generation is born that grows into both female and male individuals. These siblings mate and the females lay fertilized winter eggs. Why eggs? Why now? Eggs are necessary, as they provide a more sturdy stage for the unborn nymphs to survive harsh winter weather. These nymphs hatch and one life cycle closes. The males simply die off and the females go on to produce more females.
If this cycle takes place indoors, there is no winter to slow their reproduction. The females can continue to reproduce nymphs without pause. This is not good news, as the aphid population can then quickly explode.
How to Eliminate Fast-Reproducing Aphids
To eliminate aphids, I recommend Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under—a non-toxic, plant-based, kill-on-contact insect spray that can be used around children and pets. To keep your whole family safe, including your fur balls, it is best to avoid mainstream products, as they are often filled of toxic chemicals. This, though, does not mean that you have to settle for less-effective solutions.
Steps on How to Use Six Feet Under
When you use Six Feet Under to protect your garden against aphids, start with a small portion of your non-edible plant to confirm that the spray does not trigger an adverse reaction. At this time, Dr. Killigan does not recommend spraying Six Feet Under directly on fruit or vegetable plants. For non-edible plants, the key is to spray them as evenly as possible so that there are no hidden areas of the plants where the aphids can get a foothold.
- Turn the nozzle to the mist feature. Hit as much of the non-edible plant as possible, including under the leaves, as aphids often lay their eggs on the underside of plant leaves. Do not permit concentration of Six Feet Under in one location, as you do not want to douse the plant in liquid.
- Spray the stem of the non-edible plant.
- Spray on the plant soil where the aphids and eggs may have fallen.
- Repeat every two weeks or as necessary, ensuring that you do not drown the non-edible plant with Six Feet Under.
The Benefits of Six Feet Under Non-Toxic Insect Spray
Aphids are soft bodied. One of Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under’s primary ingredients is soybean oil. Soybean oil, a non-toxic pesticide, works by suffocating small soft-bodied insects.
Another key ingredient of Dr. Killigan's Six Feet Under is clove oil. Clove oil breaks down quickly in the environment and is safe for organic agriculture (your beautiful, soon to be flourishing garden) and your indoor plants. Like cinnamon, it contains eugenol. Eugenol is a major constituent in the aromatic oil extract from cloves and is known for it’s killing-on-contact properties.
Final Word on How to Get Rid of Aphids
Dr. Killigan’s Six Feet Under is a non-toxic tool that we should all have in our arsenal. It’s powerful kill-on-contact effect on aphids is only the beginning of its story of triumph and victory over many creepy crawlies that you’ll most likely come into contact with one day. See Six Feet Under’s User Guide for more information and enjoy your journey to a bug-free home.