With the wind
Your plant can be infested with aphids overnight. Sometimes it happens so fast it seems like magic. This is because lice reproduce very quickly. The aphids enter with the draft and settle in the plant. These critters have young in no time that can also have new babies in no time. As a result, your plant can be completely covered before you know it.
Lice are mainly attracted to the smell of a plant. For example, if your pancake plant is in a somewhat worse condition, it will also smell stronger. This is where the aphids come to, after which the aphids can settle more easily because the resistance of the plant is less.
Some lice also have wings in the summer, making it even easier for them to enter with a light airflow from an open window, for example. They prefer to go to the newest, and therefore the juiciest parts of a plant.
There are several ways to get rid of aphids. Buying a can of poison in the store is of course effective, but not very healthy and environmentally friendly. In addition, you also poison the natural enemy of the louse, the ladybug, which means that you will only suffer more from aphids in the future. Fortunately, there are also plenty of natural remedies to get rid of aphids.
Aphids do not tolerate the rain well. If it rains for a few days, you can get rid of the louse in no time! The rain kills the aphids and washes them away, allowing the plant to recover. If your indoor plants suffer from aphids or it is not raining, you can also spray the plants for a few days in a row. That has the same effect as rain, so you can get rid of the lice in no time.
As you have already read above, the ladybug is the natural enemy of the aphid. These little critters are real killers, because they can eat up to 100 aphids a day! That’s why it’s not a bad idea to attract ladybugs to your garden. There are even special ladybug decoys for sale at various garden centers.
Spraying plants with poison is therefore not very good for your plant, but that does not mean that spraying is not possible at all. For example, a mix of water and detergent works wonders! You can also mix garlic, red pepper and lemon juice with water. The lice would not like this and so leave.
You can also put other plants in the garden to lure the aphids away from your beautiful plant. The nettle is a good example of this, as the aphid loves it. Although the nettle is probably not a plant that you like very much in your garden, it is still a very handy plant to have!