How to combat aphids in your cannabis growing
Written by Redacción Mota Radio on 18 December, 2020
When you grow cannabis there are certain factors to be aware of, such as maintaining the right humidity and temperature levels, however, despite ensuring the right conditions in your growing, you are not exempt from the emergence of pests.
One of the most common pests that invade marijuana plantations is the aphid, these insects can cause much damage to your flowers, as it can weaken and reduce their production, also can infect with viruses to plants, so, detect and eliminate them in time can make a difference.
How to detect them
Aphids are oval-shaped insects; with a size of 1 to 3 mm, (some species can exceed 8mm). Although there are several types of aphids, usually those that affect the strains of cannabis are usually black, green or yellow; some species also develop small wings.
Habitually they are in the stems or the back of the inferior leaves; luckily, they can be identified at first sight.
These plagues usually attack the weak strains, what they do is to suck the sap of the plants, weakening them still more, and they leave a track of a species of molasses that they segregate. That molasses also attracts to the ants, for it that be alert when you begin to see them.
How to fight the aphid
The best thing you can do is to prevent the appearance of these invaders, but if they have already appeared you must eliminate them immediately.
A homemade remedy that some cannagrowers recommend is to put a garlic tooth in the marijuana pot, since its strong scent works to drive away these insects.
To pulverize regularly natural insecticides like for example oil of neem always helps to maintain to ray possible attacks of insects or fungi. You can spray this oil even when aphids are already established; potassium soap is also effective against this pest.
If you must use chemicals to eliminate this pest, it is best to make sure that they are not harmful to the environment. Read the instructions carefully before applying them.
Also, be aware that if aphids have left eggs in your plants, if you do not eliminate them soon, they will most likely invade your plantation again.