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Aphids on Strawberries?

How do I get rid of aphids on my strawberries without using anything that would be harmful to our grandson and our Yorkie?

Hardiness Zone: 8b

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By Judie from Apple Valley, CA

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

I assume that getting rid of aphids on strawberry plants is the same as getting rid of them on tomato plants. On my tomato plants I spray the underside of the leaves with a water hose, washing the aphids off the plants. They won't climb back up. I have read that tip in several different gardening books and it has worked every year for me for a lot of years.

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April 16, 20090 found this helpful

Hello, I had that problem on our lemon tree. I bought ladybugs at Home Depot. I also noticed, when I had aphids, I also had ants. I believe the ants were eating the aphids too. Aphids are gone, and so are the ants. mvb

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May 22, 20170 found this helpful

A fascinating fact is, that ants actually herd aphids, like we do cows and sheep. The ants like to eat a sweet sticky substance known as honeydew, that aphids excrete. They "tickle" the aphids' bellies to make them release the honeydew.

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They do not eat them. Ants will even move them to new areas of a plant, once the food source is exhausted in that area, and are even known to carry them to other plants for a new food supply once the plant they are on, has died. Pretty fascinating!

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April 19, 20090 found this helpful

I'm with mvb. The most organic and safe method is to import some ladybugs. Besides your grandson will love them!

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April 20, 20090 found this helpful

Another idea is planting garlic or green onions in the area. I have little green onions which put up their own seed "heads" (multiplier bulbs), so there's always more to plant and replace those picked for salads, etc.

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This is also good anti-thrip on the rosebush protection.

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