I end up killing most of the aphids by hand. It gets tedious wiping each leaf and flower. Spraying is most effective. I’ve used insecticide, but I find soapy water is just as effective. I don’t do it very often because it’s hard on the plant, not good to do when it’s growing peppers, and it also hurts the natural predators on the plant. (Spiders and Ladybugs)
I’ll probably spray them again when winter finally hits. U.U
These are red aphids. I hate these mother fuckers. They eat and breed on my pepper plants. The plants are grown in my house in front of a sunny window. That’s good for the aphids because not only is it warm, but there are few predators.
I suspect that because of all the fuzz, these pepper plants are hard for them to feed. They mostly seem to gather around the soft new growth and especially the flowers.
It’s a constant never ending war with these guys. I’ve sprayed the plants, I’ve encourage jumping spiders to live there, I even bought lady bugs to release on them!
Most of the ladybugs have dispersed. A few hung around for a couple of weeks. Today I saw a ladybug larvae hanging out on the plant. So that’s a good sign.