Aphids on a green leaf

How to Deal with Aphids

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that can be a real pain for gardeners. These pests feast on the sap of plants, which can cause stunted growth, deformed leaves, and even death. Aphids also produce a sticky substance known as honeydew, which can attract other pests and promote the growth of sooty mold.

In short, aphids are bad news for your garden—but there are some things you can do to get rid of them.

Getting Rid of Aphids Naturally

Use natural predators

One of the best ways to get rid of aphids is by using natural predators. Ladybugs, lacewings, and parasitic wasps all feed on aphids, so encouraging these beneficial insects to visit your garden is a great way to keep aphid populations in check.

Close-up of ladybug feeding on aphids.
Ladybug feeding on aphids

You can attract natural predators to your garden by planting certain flowers, such as dill, fennel, cilantro, and yarrow.

Natural repellents

You can also take steps to make your garden less appealing to aphids in the first place. One way to do this is by planting certain herbs and flowers that act as natural repellents. Some examples include marigolds, nasturtiums, garlic, and chives.

Beautiful marigold flowers and leafs in a garden.
Marigold flowers


You can also try spraying your plants with diluted soap or water solutions, which will disrupt the waxy coating on an aphid’s body and cause it to dehydrate and die.

Woman hand holding spray bottle and spraying to get rid of aphids.
Spraying to get rid of aphids

Manual removal

Finally, you can try manually removing aphids from your plants using a spray of water from the hose or by dabbing them with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

However, it’s important to remember that aphids reproduce quickly, so you’ll need to be diligent in your efforts if you want to see results.


Aphids are small but mighty pests that can do a lot of damage to your garden if left unchecked. However, there are several things you can do to get rid of them naturally.

By attracting natural predators, making your garden less appealing to aphids, and manually removing them from your plants, you can keep these pesky critters at bay.