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I added these photos of my spring onions to my system thread and got the heads up they are onion aphids, but thought i would add them to this thread for future reference, removed heaps by hand and then sprayed with Chili and Garlic.

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If you cut off the onion shoot to ground level it will regrow and minimise the infestation at the same time by not harboring them. A spray with worm juice or seaweed extract in water helps too.

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Cheers Faye, i will take them off just above the media tomorrow arvo and keep a good eye on the Garlic, i even have a bladder of seasol laying around somewhere.

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Sprayed my onion aphids with molasses spray tonight, so will see how that goes

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how did you go with the Aphids?? I am having some real issues with the Onion Aphids on my shallots and leeks and another green aphid on my Chinese cabbage, Eco Oil and Molasses dont seem to be helping.

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after chili and garlic spray, cutting the onions off, removing the aphids by hand then spraying with chili and garlic again they where still there when i left for sunday morning but had also moved onto my garlic, hopefully they don't do to much damage before i get back on Saturday. any other ideas?

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after chili and garlic spray, cutting the onions off, removing the aphids by hand then spraying with chili and garlic again they where still there when i left for sunday morning but had also moved onto my garlic, hopefully they don't do to much damage before i get back on Saturday. any other ideas?


Im going to try the seasol tomorrow, will let you know how that goes. I read at the beginning of this thread that it works?? actually kills them??

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Molasses spray got rid of mine

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Molasses spray got rid of mine


Well i tried picking them off, squashing etc but they kept coming back stronger.
I sprayed with Eco Oil but it did nothing except make the place smell nice.
I sprayed with molasses (approx 20:1 water : molasses) but that did nothing except make everything a bit sticky.
I sprayed with seasol (approx 20:1 water : seasol) a few days ago but again the aphids seem to be doing alright.

All i have left up my sleeve at this point is a milk spay and or a Garlic Chillie Spray.

Are my ratios alright??? i just made them up didnt get them from anywhere.

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So i still have onion aphids, used straight seasol on them today and went to bunnings and got some marigolds that are already in flower and a dill plant (if you cant beat them try and attract a bigger bug)

Mantis how did you make up your molasses spray,

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Just a small bit of molasses in a spray bottle. Very diluted

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cheers mate, now to go make a mess playing with molasses.

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Not sure if they're onion aphids like in the previous pics, but I got a whole heap of these on the underside of one of my plants. Can someone identify if they're bad or good?

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looks like another breed of aphid, i have the onion ones on my shallots and the green ones on my sugar loafs, i find the green ones a little easier to deal with but the onion ones are proving to be quite a challenge.
I juiced a bag of garlic and a couple trays of hot chillies in my cold press angel juicer and used that to spray them, sorted the green one quickly but the onion ones were not fazed. I go away for 3 week so now considering cutting them down??

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Hi aquanoob


I have the same infestation on my cos and icebergs . Must be the wet weather in perth this time of the year. Will try the Molasses tip this weekend.

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