Aphids are one of those insect pests that are difficult to see. As small as they are, you wouldn't notice aphids while casually passing by a plant in the garden. You really have to take a close look to discover them. Nor are they brightly colored, like those red beetles that infest Asian lilies.
It didn't take the aphids long to start zeroing in on my plants this year. Back in April, they attacked my sand cherry. Meanwhile, every year my 'Diablo' ninebark has a devilishly hard time with aphids. My "natural" response is to spray with neem oil.
Francesca Clarke at DIY Life suggests some other ways to get rid of aphids naturally in her article. Francesca discusses using the following to kill aphids:
- Soap spray
- Ginger spray