Aphids on cactus are one of the most common pest problems for houseplants.
Although Cactus is truly one of the easiest houseplants to care for, even if you are like me and hardly remember to water your plants, they are like any other house plant and are not exempt from pests.
Because they are small for quite some time, one of their main pest problems is Aphids. Aphids are drawn to new growth and young leaves. They can be found stuck to the plant, where they are able to absorb the plant fluids, as a result causing deformation to the cactus. Aphids are generally wingless and estimated to be bout 1/8 longs with soft-bodied appearances. Their color may vary from green to pink, yellow, black, blue or brown.
Here are 3 ways to get rid of aphids on cactus.
1. Use Alchohol
Using a cotton swab, dipped into alcohol to remove aphids on cactus, gently wipe the area where the aphids are located.
2. Insecticidal Soap
Treat cactus with insecticidal soap to get rid of aphids. Mix 2 teaspoons of the insecticidal soap with baking soda and water. Next, wipe the plant with the soapy water and a soft cloth.
3. Stress-Free Environment
Causing stress to plants is one of the fastest ways to allow pest infestations. Besides, just like our immune system, a healthy plant is extremely more likely to ward off disease than a stressed one.