Definition of aphid
: any of numerous very small soft-bodied homopterous insects (superfamily Aphidoidea) that suck the juices of plants
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Greenspan heads to the back sink, where Jacob Kohanpoolad is washing romaine lettuce leaf by leaf, checking for aphids, which are definitely not kosher.
Better to harness the natural predators on offer: ladybugs, for instance, which love aphids.
Otherwise let the good guy insects take care of them as their numbers build up to get after the giant aphids.
Some gardeners dislodge the aphids with a strong stream of water while others tap them into a container of rubbing alcohol.
One possibility is spraying the clusters of aphids feeding mainly in the tips of the plants with an insecticidal soap, following label instructions.
Basil naturally repels mosquitoes, aphids, flies, mites and tomato-eating hornworms.
A quick blast of water with your hose also takes care of aphids, rose slugs and powdery mildew spores.
The aphid-like insect was identified as an Asian scale, also known as a mealybug, in April.
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Definition of aphid for English Language Learners
: a very small insect that harms plants
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Definition of aphid for Students
: a small insect that sucks the juices of plants
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