Root Aphids – Did You Find Black Bugs on Your Indoor Garden Plant Roots?
7 Steps You Must Follow To Eliminate Root Aphids From Your Indoor Herb or Vegetable Plants Roots.
From the desk of Mark W. Boutwell II – Grow Coach
Green Joint Ventures
Mark – Grow Coach
Chances are you discovered some tiny, pear-shaped, soft-bodied insects on your plants roots and you’re looking for a proven, affordable, safe solution to get rid of them.
Or maybe you have been fighting Root Aphids for a while but nothing you’ve tried it’s working.
Either way, No worries. We have the answers and information you need for Total Root Aphids Elimination and Control.
Root Aphids can range to many colors from black, brown, white to red in the pre-winged stage.
Some have wings and others are wingless Regardless of their color, root aphids will feast on root and bud alike while sucking the life out of the plant.
Those nasty root bugs are probably one of the worst indoor garden pests you can get in your Medicinal herb grow or indoor vegetables garden plant roots.
I got Root Aphids for the first time in my indoor garden a few years ago.
To this day it has been the MOST expensive pest problem I have ever encountered.
I fought those little bugs tooth and nail.
If this is your first encounter with root aphids, I want to prepare You… There is NO Easy solution when dealing with Aphids in your indoor garden plant roots.
Below is the process we follow and recommend our clients for eliminating and preventing future attacks from Root Aphids.
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7 Steps You Must Follow To Eliminate Root Aphids
When attacking garden pets indoors or out you must first identify and understand the particular pest how it lives and how it breeds.
Indoor Garden Root Aphids, live in the top 2 inches of soil as well as completely under the soil by the roots.
Root Aphids eventually can become winged black adults that look very similar to fungus gnats but are simply a late-stage transformation of a stressed population of root aphids trying to expand to other plants.
Root Aphids first signs usually are:
- Leaves become a Deep Green
- New growth Deformity
- Stunted Growth
If you haven’t already taken a close look at the Roots…Do It Now, Are they turning brownish?
That’s your first clue of low oxygen getting to the roots also called Root Rot, and usually the first thing you’ll want to treat.
If you’re having a nute lockout, or mag/cal deficiency that does not seem to improve completely after adding the right nutrient is given, check the soil by churning the top inch around a bit and look for these small but visible Root Aphids bugs.
The number one problem we see from growers that end up losing their harvest is they can never figure out root pest problem fast enough.
In a rush and not taking the time to look thoroughly at the problem; a small infestation of Root Aphids are biting into your plants roots and opening wounds for infections from other diseases.
Your leaves are dark Green one day and almost overnight the leaves Wilt. From that point forward you are fighting a new problem almost every day until your plants die.
The point of no return is after the 4th week into flowering.
If you get indoor root aphids before the 4th week into flowering, we recommend you IMMEDIATELY KILL the plants and go through our System Sterilization Checklist.
Our experience has thought us it’s not worth our time or money to battle these root bugs if they’re discovered before the 4th week into flower although the steps listed below will increase your yield NO Matter if you decide to move forward or Not.
Any grower growing in or out doors is more than welcome to try and finish their crop if the root bugs were discovered prior to the 4th week mark.
If this is your first encounter with root aphids and you have discover the root pests before the 4th flower week.
We suggest, you isolate one or two infected plat/s to experience the stages the plant goes through on it’s way out. This process will give you great knowledge and experience for possible future battles with root aphids
There are the steps you must follow after getting aphids around the 4 weeks into flowering; you will need to treat for every problem that follows during an aphid infestation IMMEDIATELY.
Step 1 – Reduce the temperature of your environment
Step 2 - Use a plant friendly fogger.
Fogger – Doktor Doom
We have tested several different brands and have found Dokter Doom to be the most effective against Root Aphids.
This is an additional quick kill of live winged aphids that you might have missed, although it doesn’t kill the eggs.
Here as some of the Benefits of using Dokter Doom:
- Doktor Doom Foggers flush out and eradicate insects including Root Aphids on contact.
- Contact sprays will not kill eggs or nymphs repeated applications are required.
- One ounce treats 1000 cubic feet of unobstructed space.
- [ cubic feet = Length x Width x Height (L x W x H) ]
- Made with natural Pyrethrin which biologically breaks down in a couple of hours after exposure: to light; air flow; and humidity, providing fast re-entry times to fumigated areas.
- Pyrethrin is a naturally occurring insecticide derived from the Chrysanthemum Flower.
- Fragrance free.
Follow these steps for Maximum results with Dokter Doom:
- Do not use more foggers than necessary
- Remove all children, pets, toys, and uncovered food from treated area.
- Read the label and follow directions carefully.
- Accidents involving total release foggers have occasionally occurred when homeowners release too much fogging material, leading to a high buildup of flammable vapors.
Keep the telephone number of your local poison control center or the toll-free number (1-800-222-1222) for the National Poison Control Hotline handy.
- Foggers should not be used in small, enclosed places, such as closets, cabinets, or under counters or tables.
- We recommend placing the active fogger at least 6 feet or farther from all ignition sources.
- Press the button down
- Place in center of room
- The shut the door Behind you
- Vacate the treated house, individual apartment unit, or other structure immediately
- Breathing spray mist may be harmful.
- Upon return to the treated area, open the doors and windows to ventilate any remaining fumes.
Step 3 – Reduce your light intensity if you have a Quantum Digital Ballast
Quantum Series Lighting
This will help you dramatically because as the aphids bite into your roots they take the plants ability away to take up water.
When you reduce the intensity of the light you also reduce the demand the plant puts on its root system for water up take.
By doing this action it will give you more time to treat the aphids infestation while reduces excess stress on the plant.
Step 4 -Cut your fertilizer in half
This is also important because the aphids bite into the fibrous portion of the roots. This part of the root is also call the Hyphae.
This part of the root is responsible for taking up water and nutrients. When the aphids eat this portion of the roots it reduces your plants ability to take up plant food.
By cutting the fertilizer in half you reduce the concentration of plant food, which in turn normally slows the onset of wilting because of something called osmosis.
It also helps with plant deficiency like signs of over fertilization.
Step 5 – Reduce the temperature of your water reservoir to 65 degree if you are in hydro by using a chiller (If Possible)
This will help control the spread of other plant diseases because it will reduce the temperature of the water and the rate at which Pythium also known as Root Rot can spread.
Step 6 – Put some Vaseline around the base stem of your plant.
This is for the next step when aphids try and climb up and get away.
Step 7 – Completely drown your entire Root System with SNS 203
SNS 203 – It is the only pesticide out of 8 different pesticides I have found to be able to completely kill Root Aphids.
Root Aphids are very hard to kill and SNS 203 is they only thing that does a great of a job consistently.
Follow These Steps for Maximum results Killing Root Aphids with SNS- 203:
- SNS-203™ Concentrated Natural Pesticide Soil Drench can be used on a wide variety of plants, vegetables, and even trees. When applying the product take caution not to apply to any buds on the plant, in doing so this could result in burning the buds.
- Shake well before mixing. Mix 2-4oz of SNS-203™ per one (1) gallon of water to make ready-to-use (RTU) drench solution. Thoroughly drench affected and surrounding area with RTU. Reapply drench if necessary.
Have a Great Grow!
Mark W. Boutwell II – Grow Coach