Aphids & White Fly Control Using Only Water

Alright! This is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com
today we have another exciting episode for you and this one is going to be a quick one
at that. What we’re going to do today is we’re going to show you 3 easy, non-toxic,
low-cost methods to get rid of the aphids in your garden, alright?
You know, sometimes I use neem oil, Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds so if you could check my past episode
on that for the hard hitter but I don’t always like to come out of the ring fighting.
I do try to play nice and then escalate as needed. So, this are my first ways that I
like to deal with aphids before I start getting out any sprays.
So, step number one: I want to show you guys what these aphids look like. It’s like…
in this case they’re gray but depending on what they’re eating, what plant they’re
on, they’re going to turn different colors, I’ve seen them black and I’ve seen them
red before. Basically, they show up on the bottom side of the leaves, on many times,
and then especially when the flower is… when it’s going to flower and setting seed.
It really likes the light tender shoots to like latch in to it. What aphids are is they’re
soft body insects which literally send their little fangs, like a vampire into your neck,
they’re setting their fangs into the stems of the plants and the leaves of the plants
to suck out all the plant’s juices, all the nutrition that’s supposed to be feeding
the plants so this will hinder your plant growth and can cause challenges. Although,
a few aphids here and there are not a big deal but when you have a big outbreak like
this it can be a problem because they’re going to multiply very quickly and spread
to infect other plants which we definitely don’t want. So it’s very important to
keep them under control. So, I want to go ahead and give you guys a closer shot of what
this aphids look like and thanks to the advance optical technology of Canon we’re going
to be able to do that. Checking out these aphids up close, check
it out, I can see them on there. Ok, we’re going to pan over, there you go, do you guys
see them? It’s those… I’ve got some wind here but they’re on the stem there,
all those little gray things on the stem there. So, now that you guys have seen what the aphids
are; the easiest way to control them is, number one, some sheers and we’re going to go down
to the plant and basically where they all are, they’re on the top of the plant, we’re
going to just cut off this whole section. That kind of does me a favor too because I
want this plant, the dinosaur kale, to produce more leaves instead of more flowers and shoots,
although I do let some go so I can save seed. So we can still just cut off whole sections
of plants and put them in the compost and we’re going to compost those aphids into
further protein for the compost pile; that’s way number one.
Way number two is if you have it on leaves or even on the stems, you know, you’ve got
some of the best aphis smashers in the whole world. I can do a lot of other things with
my fingers too but we’ve got aphid smashing fingers here so we can simply find the aphids
on the back side of leaves and what I like to do is literally smoosh them. I just rub
my hand up on here, smoosh them all and I’ve got aphid fingers. Mmmm smells like something
I know, but anyways so yeah, smoosh them all. So, these are the first two steps I may use
to rid my garden of aphids. Now, yes, this can take a bit of time, it’s not as easy
as spraying some junk but you’re not sraying anything and this costs you no money ,except
some time. Have some local kids smash aphids [for you]. The next step is another way I
like to do if I have to escalate, if I have a big aphid challenge; if there’s maybe
some plants in my garden that have an infestation then actually I don’t want to snip off.
I don’t particularly care if I cut off pieces of the dinosaur kale but I do care about my
tree collards I want them to go to seed so I can save some seed because it rarely goes
to seed and so I’m going to use another technique, so let me go ahead and hare that
with you next. So, the next technique we’re going to use
is actually this guy here which is actually called the Bug Blaster. So, what the Bug Blaster
is this is just a special nozzle that goes on the end of your hose to spray high pressure
water in a special jet pattern that’s really going to spray the aphids and blast them off
the leaves and at the same time probably discombobulate them and once they’re off your leaves they’re
probably not going to be able to get back on. This guy is actually relatively inexpensive
and if you want to win one of these I’m going to be doing a GrowingYourGreens.com
giveaway. I think I have a handful of these guys to give away. What you’re going to
want to do is you want to make a video with you in it, hopefully in front of your garden,
if you have a garden currently, and tell me why you need the Bug Blaster to rid aphids
from your garden. The 5 best winners that I pick will win. So, make a video about it
and put a link in the comments below; I’ll be sure to watch each and every one, oh please
keep it under 5 minutes long! So, how this works is very simple, we’re
going to just go ahead and take it out of the package. Before, I just want to let you
know it works on white flies, aphids, mealy bugs, spider mites and it also makes a great
plant cleaner if you want a shiny look for your plants. I don’t care how clean my plants
look; I just want to get rid of the bugs. So, in here it’s very simple, it’s just
a little nozzle attachment for your hose and I recommend instead of putting it on a hose,
we have a standard wand sprayer here with a standard rain pattern spray head. We’re
going to go ahead and take this guy off and we’re just going to go ahead and screw this
guy on nice and take. Make sure you’ve got the gasket in there so we’re not going to
have any leaks and now we’re all ready to spray the aphids to heck. So now all we’ve
got to do is we have the hose here; I got the nice Crassman rubber hose, it’s the
hose I recommend you buy because I hate those piece of junk hoses that you’ve got to keep
buying them because they keep wearing out and make your water smell and taste like vinyl
PVC, not recommended. High quality rubber hose available from Sears, lifetime warranty,
nice stainless steel ends; they go on sale regularly, the 50ft sometimes goes for sale
for 20 bucks and the 100ft which is what I’ve got sometimes goes on sale for 39-40 bucks.
One time purchase lasts a long time. We’re just going to go ahead and screw this
guy on here. I’ve got a double on/off valve here to prevent leakage and once again we’ve
got that gasket in here so this is what it looks like. I’ve got an on/off valve here
and another on/off valve here to ensure we don’t get any leaks and then now we can
simply turn the water on and check this baby out. Oooh it’s spraying! But it’s not
getting my camera wet that bad. Anyways, so now we’re going to blast these bugs. Blast
the bugs! Ok, so I got a little bit crazy there and
I got too much water on the lens, not too cool so I backed the camera up and we’re
going to go for it again. These are my green tree collards and I definitely want to try
to preserve all the leaves and not cut any tops off like my dinosaur kale because this
guy despite going to flower… will go to flower, set seed and then go back right to
producing leaves for me to eat. So, we’re going to turn this guy on and we’re just
going to go here and spray this guy down. Hopefully, the camera won’t get too wet
this time and we’re literally blasting all the bugs off, we’re getting that stream
underneath the leaves, above the leaves and all over, just spraying water everywhere.
At the same time you’re probably feeding your plants some water.
Alright, well I think this is getting a little bit too wet for the camera here, we’re going
to go ahead and shut you guys off but those are the three ways I like to battle bugs in
my garden, non-toxic. Number one: cut them off, number two: smoosh them, and number three:
spray them with the Bug Blaster. Maybe the one that I would go next to would be beneficial
insects before spraying any kind of non-toxic products in my garden to control the aphids.
But then beneficial insects can get expensive and they may fly away. This guy you literally
invest in once and you’re going to have it for years to come to blast come bugs in
your garden. So, to learn more about the Bug Blaster you’re going to want to check the
website TheBugBlaster.com So, hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode,
once again my name is John Kohler with GrowingYourGreens.com we’ll see you next time and remember: Keep
on Growing!

76 thoughts on “Aphids & White Fly Control Using Only Water

  1. i always hand smoosh my bugs but i recently got some chickens and they do like the aphids. as they help out my broccoli flowers but, they don't like all the  bugs i see. could u do a video on sprouting seeds i always have seeds that don't germinate in my beds/pots. aloha.

  2. John if your soil is good and your plants are healthy you don't get thease bug isus
    if they try on my plants they  go to my neighbers garten
    some thing is wrong with your soil or plants normaly its because of too much N
    look at the compost that you are useing ????or just use humus

  3. Aphids gross me out.. so I would be using gloves with my hand smashers.. I normally use a screwdriver/stick something to knock them off, but I have to do this every few days.

  4. Great short n sweet video. Thanks John… As the saying goes "don't hesitate, escalate" – LOL.      Hope you have a fantastic day

  5. John, it looks like you watered yourself also when you were bug blasing those plants (laughing). I was wondering about that though, if you water blast those bugs off won't they just end up on your patio and then they can crawl right back up again on another plant, or does it really "smush" them so you don't have to worry about them coming back. There were quite a bit on that stem. I saw them. Thanks for sharing. I hope your camera was okay. The other thing I'm wondering is if the water pressure won't be too rough on those leaves because leaves can be easily torn? Also, (and I know I probaby think too much), but I'm wondering if when you spray that water if those bugs are going to come flying back at you or at a person (laughing) or that they won't end up being shot to another plant nearby by the water pressure? I don't know. Like I said I probably think too much or over analyze things (laughing) but those are just thoughts that came to me as I was watching this bug blasting. If it works though, hey, great. Or will the bugs fall into the soil in the pot when they come off the leaves? I don't know. I guess I'm trying to cover all my bases. Worse comes to worse like you said, just "smush 'em" (laughing and smiling). Thanks for sharing and for letting me share. 🙂 Christine

  6. Good episode man.  I have an outbreak on my peppers now.. those lil #*@&$# are really making me mad.. just brushing them off the plant is not enough.. they will just jump right back on.  Dealing with seedlings, you cannot go Neem or soap as it will devastate the plant starts.. not good. 

    Need to get a bushel of ladybugs 🙂

  7. Why not just order a package of ladybugs? They are pleasant to have in the garden and love to eat aphids.

  8. I sprayed my bugs off my peppers and watched them clime back up the stock of the plant 30 mins later. Now I had a lot of them.

  9. Hey john, here's my submission! Sorry about the wind, you might want to turn down your speakers!


  10. I suggest growing plants that are more prone to attract pest than your vegetables. For example I have river birch trees. They tend to get pesty here. It gets covered in lady bugs and other pest eating insects that will at some point move into the vegetable garden. I also use flowers to attract beneficial insects. When I get aphids I just leave them alone because I know the soldiers will be right along. If I just get rid of the pests themselves then the soldiers have to reason to be there in the first place. So far biodiversity gardening has worked for me.

  11. Blasting them off with water does seem good on paper, but what's stopping them from crawling back onto your plants? I say spray them once, and be done with them using an organic insecticidal soap.

  12. I notice some comments about the 'too much nitrogen' thing. Aphids will attack plants regardless of much nitrogen is in the soil. If there was too much nitrogen, the plants would be showing signs of nitrogen toxicity. Looking at John's plants, I don't see that his plants are suffering, and the colour of the foliage is consistent with what they should have. 

  13. Ive been gardening 30 years+ here in Wisconsin and have never once had a bug problem. Guess im lucky. But I also use plants that naturaly deter alot of types of bugs. Sunflowers,Marigolds,etc around my gardens and ive never once checked my soil ph in these 30+ years 😉 My gardens always seem to just work the way I do them. Most times all I use is miricle grow and manure and sphagnum turned into soil and thats it. No I dont care about miracle grows ingredients. No matter how hard you try to GROW ORGANIC your still going to get cancers etc from  somewhere,our government will see to that! 😉

  14. haha lmao when u went crazy with the bug blaster. and you forgot to mention companion planting! marigolds in my yard drop seed every year where me and my dad plant tomatoes! keeping away those nematodes!

  15. WATER is the easiest way to get rid of aphids. I have the occupational aphid infestation and when I spot them I just set my garden hose pistol to jet and blast away.Aphids are soft shell bugs and will die from the impact.

  16. My garden is just getting started here in SW  Colorado. Last year I grew my first kale and towards the end of the season the aphids were horrible. Luckly they did not spread to my roses. I could really use a bug blaster.

  17. John first time writer to you.I just wanted to let you know that i have learned  from you, and like learning all you teach and educate to your viewers,plus the travels you make to bring us more new information. Any way, thank you. Sincerely Rick from Washington State.

  18. I think Diatomaceous earth works way better john… and its OMRI listed what are your thoughts on this

  19. Blasting bugs off plants works well if it is a small garden, but very time consuming if it's in a large greenhouse. Neem oil mixed with peppermint Soap (Bronners) is what I use in a backpack sprayer. Make sure you flip the tip over on a sprayer to get the undersides of plants like green curly kale, squashes, chard, zucchini. Yes, you can spend lots of time smushing the aphids if they are only a few, but for a large infestation, you're better off spraying the undersides of the plants. NOTHING in this world is more disheartening to a gardener than to spot aphids in their garden!

    Also, bear in mind that aphids LOVE WATER and humid conditions so look around your garden or greenhouse to see if there are water sources than can be reduced,
    minimized or eliminated.

    Ladybugs works great for aphids but they don't stick around a garden or greenhouse long so plan on creating an environment that will promote their longevity, ie..ladybug houses.

    Do you have lots of ants in your garden or greenhouse? Chances are good the ants are moving the aphids around as they "farm" the aphids for their sweet milk much like we do for cows.

  20. Diatomaceous earth works good but ONLY until it gets wet. Once wet or moist it loses all it's effectiveness. I do not recommend Diatomaceous earth at all for large aphid infestations; you're far better off to spray.

  21. Folks, you do not need to spend $$$$ on a fancy "bug blaster". Chances are very good that you already have a water nozzle that has a "jet" setting, which works well.

  22. how do you control snails and slugs organically???
    slugs and snails carry deadly parasites like liver fluke and lung worm…. these parasites can kill humans
    how does an organic gardener eat raw food with the clear mind of being safe from deadly parasites???
    yeah this one is tough cause its a matter of life and death rather than personal belief
    controlling slugs and snails and remaining safe from deadly parasites is one little problem that only has a toxic chemical answer

  23. Thank you for this great video, I have a question for which I have not been able to find and aswer to: after cleaning the aphids from the kale leaves is is safe consume the kale after washing them well???? i've been juicing the leaves after a good wash as they look pretty juicy and healthy except for the white powdery stuff on the back of leaf which washes off quickly.  Hope you can answer and thanks in advance

  24. On a couple of my plants i have a million tiny ants, someone said aphids are on the plants and the ants are there to get them, they said spay them with some garlic and water does anyone know if this is correct

  25. What's the worst virus/decease you could get from eating the aphids? I think it's safe, right? There's always some on the plants, even after washing.

  26. John, Thanks for all of your videos. As for aphids, I tried knocking them off using water in my lettuce Aquaponic greenhouse. While I knocked thousands of them off, there were always enough left over that it didn't really work. The water on lettuce would knock them down in between the leaves, and they would then walk back up the plants.
    Please check out this Kickstarter project for new garden sprays made entirely from Edible Food Ingredients like Olive oil, spices and essential oils.


    Perhaps you will make a video about these products some day? They work on lettuce and kale because they work, and, they taste good. So here is one heavy hitter spray that doesn't have soap or other bad tasting things that block their use on real food.


  27. can u please reply back please. i'm having trouble with these little red balls that look like slugs and they hangout on the stem i'm hoping there not some egg or shell. or even spiders. can u help me take them off and identify them . please reply to me ur the best thanks.

  28. Hi, I guess I checked this video so late.. very nice video thanks a lot for it..
    I am going for the straight fight.. my kale is getting infested with white bugs and I spraying water everyday is taking too much time for me.. So I'm thinking about to buy the "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap Organic Peppermint Oil Pure Castile Soap Liquid"… Do you think this is going to work?

  29. At work bienge watching (listening ) to all your old vids ??? Love you John! btw ppl suck do what you do dude im pretty sure there are more ppl like myself who could listen to you give valuable gardening advice all day. #pearlsofwisdom

  30. You can also use fire for the aphids. Just pass a lighter or match over the bugs. Won't do much damage to the plant because they die quickly.

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