It’s a good idea to plant at least 3-4 varieties of milkweed and spread out your patches, if possible. Thank you for listening to my gripes. Unfortunately one plant was covered is these horrible little insects. I haven’t seen any butterfly eggs yet, but have a few monarchs that visit. I hope they will take and turn into butterflies, lay eggs and so on…. I thought of painting a pair of eyes above it on the garage exterior wall where the hook is (to emulate that moth), then worried about the chemicals. I haven’t seen any monarch eggs since I first planted my milkweed back in May. I think by leaving the new plant next to the old plant and waiting for the caterpillars to eventually move to the new plants, I risk the aphids invading the new plant as well. I don’t know the effects on the caterpillars. I got them off with alcohol after I saw a tiny monarch caterpillar on one but am concerned about leaving him on them with the alcohol. My goal is to establish plants that will help pollinators in general but right now I am focused on Monarchs just because of all the cats on my one plant. I just want to say that this is the first year I have used marigolds and onion plants (like the kind you can eat) in my milkweed patches and have had significantly less aphids than in the past. Does using the method of 2 tbsp of Dawn Dishwashing liquid mixed with spray bottle with water 2/3 full harm the butterfly in any stage if it’s development? No aphids on any of my plants…. Hi Jackie, I would use cuttings indoors so you can rinse off the aphids before offering them to the monarchs: Here are some short and long term strategies for dealing with aphids: l also found this online for killing aphids using a non-toxic method. Jane. Here's how to get rid of aphids on large or small trees. Check out these posts for more info: Monarch Diseases Monarch Predators Milkweed Diseases, I had cats in my rearing containers indoors. Hi. Of course this is not a perfect solution – but it has worked quite well for me. This nutrient rich food source blows through an aphid’s body, creating a sticky sweet residue called honeydew.Honeydew is a petri dish for bacterial and fungal growths, such as sooty mold. I learned a lot since I had to go online and read up on Monarch pests. Caterpillar Pests of Oleander. Someone also said to pour hydrogen peroxide on the roots and it would kill the fungus, but all that did was cause my plant to turn yellowish and I believe it is dying. They pop so nicely! hi Fred, milkweed bugs eat milkweed pods/seeds…there are other aphid predators in the garden like lady bugs and lacewings. Upon even closer inspection with my loop, I spotted hollow aphid body carcasses with a tiny hole in each one where a parasitic wasp emerged after eating and killing its host. Tropical milkweed can harbor the OE parasite and has other possible issues which can negatively affect the monarch outside of the tropics. They love the milkweed so much, the roses have none. So, a compelling argument could be made for me to bring her inside. I trim back the eaten up plants and regrow. Little did I realize, I could have stopped our infestation from getting so out of control. Do you have any advice? One plant is in tremendous sun, to the point it wilts, the aphids are happy. I have raised and released over 60 monarchs this year. I raise my cats inside a “butterfly house”. It worked. I feel like in spring I should cut those geraniums down to the ground.. Hi Me’Shell, I have hear snail baits work well but I have never tried using them before: We don’t grow geraniums so I’m not sure who your mystery pest could be…good luck! First I tried removing them with my hands, then ladybugs, now half of the plants are almost dead. Here’s more info on monarch predators: Monarch predators and solutions to save more monarchs. I hope it continues to work for you! I just planted it this year in the hopes of growing a new habitat for the monarchs. After reading about overwintering MW and spraying with peroxide to kill fungus gnats, I decided to try killing the aphids with that. Thanks for the suggestion Brett. Is it the soil, is it the milkweed, what the heck is causing this? oh wow…sounds like you were truly fed up! Spider mites are likely responsible for the webbing on the leaves and they thrive in dry conditions, so try spraying milkweed plants with water daily to repel them. I believe the MAIN thing that can help with increasing the monarch population is EDUCATION! Every other year without heavy aphid infestations, seed viability has been about 90%. It works well and the aphids are under control. The aphids are all the way down to the dirt on some plants. For those with less established gardens and a limited supply of milkweed, it’s more difficult to sit back and watch your milkweed be decimated by uninvited pests…you could always go to a store and buy more plants, but some are on a limited budget and, worse yet, it can be difficult to find milkweed plants that have not been treated by monarch-killing pesticides. This year, we had about 15 outside and it seems like they are slowly disappearing. Sara Ann, I just got back from a month-long vacation. The oleander aphid (Aphis nerii), sometimes called the milkweed aphid, is a common pest of milkweed plants. Milkweed diversification is a key to consistently attracting more monarchs. I tried spraying my plants with DEET to possibly kill aphids and prevent further infestation. If more plants don’t come back, consider trying a different milkweed variety or other butterfly plants in those regions. Plants from the big box stores are especially susceptible! was shared by Vic Jost @ Jost Greenhouses through Elliott Duemler at Taylor Creek Nursery. I read that horticultural oil will work to get rid of the aphids. You can cut back plants in the fall or spring since the milkweed dies back to the ground when it freezes. October 2018 I’ve begun cutting down the plants as much as I can without disturbing the caterpillars. Hello, about pinching off the buds of the flowers, will that impact the butterfly or caterpillar in any way? But that’s a bar. August 2018 Too many to start squashing! It's native to northern Africa and the eastern Mediterranean. The sap is extremely poisonous to humans and pets (including horses) so be careful when handling clippings, seeds and flowers. If you pick 1-2 plants to protect next season that’s more manageable than the whole garden. I found one more cat for a total of seven. You’ll need to hold the milkweed plant with your other hand to avoid stem breakage. I do not want to end up with Asian Lady Beetles. They look like overstuffed ticks and have little black dots along both sides of their bodies. Today the large ones were gone and I assumed they were went off to find the ‘hanging’ spot to become monarchs. Some are reddish, pinkish, or brown. Will buy more milkweed plants and go from here. Hi Larry, before you treat with anything I would suggest figuring out the ID of your pest. I’ve been finding baby cats on the plants but have no new healthy plants to transfer them to. As soon as I see aphids on new growth I’ll be sure to hose them off. Please check out this post for more info: Tony I have 5 small milkweed plants that popped up in my periwinkle that had aphids all over them. If plants are crowding each other I usually pull one and discard or transplant. (Very good therapy) But watching you vacuuming them off is possibly the funniest darn thing I’ve seen for a while. Good luck with your milkweed! Insecticide use to control aphid infestations is effective, but care must be taken in choosing one that will not also harm beneficial insects needed to pollinate flowers. We need to attract more butterflies here. Some colonies have already destroyed the heads of some milkweed plants. I can send a photo. I bought a pair of tweezers specifically for removing these milkweed aphids from my Narrow Leaf Milkweed plants. Now t hey are pupating, and several have died trying to enter chrysalis stage. The longer the aphids stay soaked, the more effective the treatment will be. March 2019 I cut back the eaten stalks of my milkweed. So my advice is to look at all the plants in your garden you may find as I did that the aphids have strongholds on the weeds in your garden and will come back if they are not eliminated from those plants also. Also, would like to leave the other guy outside once he is done. Milkweed is usually pretty resilient, but turning gray doesn’t sound good unless its gone dormant for the season? The second method that my wife prefers is to use her thumb and fingers to crush and sweep off the aphids. I read about sprinkling coffee grounds around the plants can help. Rinse and repeat as necessary! I still hope you get some monarchs this season, Tony. If seen, I take a wet washcloth and gently wipe them off. (I didn’t know any better). I heard Oleander Aphids are repulsed by basil. As your garden evolves, hopefully more of the aphids predators start to patrol it. A simpler method is a quick direct spray with a solution of Castile soap and water. This week their numbers are much reduced, with just a few hardy individuals remaining where hundreds dined last week. Make sure to discard the cuttings far away from the garden to avoid a touching aphid-family reunion. I will be trying some of the techniques garnered here on my own aphid population.. Hi Linda, A. curassavica has some potential issues in continuous growing regions…it might also be an issue in your region if it keeps the monarchs from finishing their migration. No doubt the caterpillar and the developing butterfly are learning about their environment while in there. Hi Tony I am bringing in monarch eggs from outside and have milkweed plants for feeding inside washable huts. We have large plantings of milkweed and have raised many hundreds of monarchs so effective and non chemical control of aphids is essential to providing egg habitat and food for the caterpillars. Isopropyl alcohol will kill aphids on contact. What would get to the cats so quickly? A bit of sun but plenty of shade from towering Sunflowers. How big are the eggs ? I am in south central FL trying my hand at growing milkweed for the first time. Everyday since I have found 1-3 and repeated my steps. I used to be puzzled because as soon as I eradicated them they would appear again. Pretty cool, huh? if you begin to see hard brown casings in and amongst them, this is a sure sign that you have a predatory wasp that eats the aphids. Ther… One problem that plagues almost all gardeners across North America is the relentless attack of oleander aphids. Especially the common milkweed, asclepias syriaca. I suppose they came with the plant! I wet a paper towel with water then poured on the peroxide and rubbed the stems and leaves with the towel. Hi Margaret, lizards are a common issue in warm regions. I was stoked!! I live west of Edmonton Alberta zone 3. Any idea why? No eggs since. It is very mild and a little goes a long way. Have any of these techniques worked/not worked for your milkweed? Hi Jacki, you could always post a link. Stay away from any chemical. I suggest using a yard waste can if you have one. Instead of telling people what they NEED to plant based on scientific theory, I try to explain the options along with the potential issues and benefits. 15 minutes later I put the cats back on the plant. Jacki, if you figure out what they are let me know. I work in landscaping at a 5-diamond resort, so of course Aphids are a big no-no. Hi Carolyn, you still have lots of time to see monarchs this season. They can analyze your soil, then give you specific suggestions to improve the quality. It is famous as one of the few big name brands of dish soap that can claim to be bio degradable in soil. Internet says it is a fungus . When I had bigger plants I would use a sprayer attached to my hose that has a nozzle you can flip so it gets good coverage underneath. This can be effective when the numbers are low if you’re not afraid to get your hands (or gloves) dirty. I found 9 eggs on one plant around July 1, without having seen a monarch. They’ll probably curl up into a ball, but that’s just their natural (and not very effective) defense. We have an established garden and grow 16 varieties of milkweed so I try to support the entire local ecosystem…we even let a paper wasp nest stay this season. First off, it’s GOOD to see this site on Facebook. I put it early in the season and it seemed to help and I do have a chrysalis currently and I saw another caterpillar preparing his. They protect the aphids from predators and then milk them for this sticky honey dew. I’ve been battling these guys for a long time. However, when you’re starting out and have a limited milkweed supply sometimes you must take action unless you’re willing to wait until next season…which many aren’t! I also listed the Canadian provinces: Hi, Tony. Unfortunately, these wasps are also targeting beneficial species, including monarchs! Seasons previous, infestations were not overwhelming as last year’s. It’s not fully understood if/how oleander aphids overwinter, but cutting back infested milkweed plants in late summer/early fall might help you avoid an aphid Gardageddon next season! My personal favorite is smooshing with forefinger and thumb (permanent stain throughout Monarch season) and then blasting them off with the hose. Today I noticed yellow spots on my 3 month old plant that when photographed and zoomed in on proved to be aphids, which led me to this site learning to deal with them. Does it matter if it’s used grounds vs not? good luck! Of course I follow Tony’s advice first, checking for butterfly eggs and baby caterpillars first. Bye bye aphids! I haven’t even planted them in the ground yet & they already have the tiny orange bugs. Tony, I’m in Oklahoma and this is the first year I’ve noticed the ‘tick’ looking buggers and now these beetles. 😳 I also have an intense aphid problem. Maybe Kirks Castile soap? I brought the remaining cats (maybe 20) inside the our house to place inside a butterfly cage. Hi Doug, any milkweed variety can harbor the OE parasite. A week ago, when many of these photos were taken, the aphids covered about 2-3" of the top of every shoot. Just a little sprinkle and so far so good, even the worms on the bee balm are at bay. Whenever your treating milkweed you should always remove any eggs or caterpillars first. In fact, this plant can sometimes be a real thug and will take over an entire landscape/garden. How do I know I am actually getting lady bugs vs. beetles? Also, will the dish detergent harm the caterpillars and chrysalis? If not all then I got the majority. Discard or save? I saw another post where someone said lizards were eating their catalpillars. They aren’t big enough to pupate yet, and for some I can’t find their bodies anywhere. But I also noticed that the caterpillars are starting to leave the plants/pots. You could also try planting other milkweed varieties. Hi Tony. If it’s Japanese beetles, your best bet is flicking them into a bucket of soapy water to reduce the population…good luck! I got one Milkweed plant, and in two months, 10 cats showed up. Last year, I planted swamp milkweed for the first time and had a few cats make it to adulthood. The potential issues with tropical milkweed are in continuous growing regions like Florida and southern California….they are not an issue for the rest of us. I DID GET A MONARCH THAT MY 3 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER RAISED😁but now I think I killed my milkweed! I had to leave for TX the next day for 4 days and when I got back I could not find one cat…I think I have maybe one egg. I do have a new problem this year though. The best liquid Castile soap is Dr. Bronners. Care should be taken with medicinal use because of its high potential to trigger an allergic reaction. Purchase a horticultural oil labeled for flowering shrubs. As my plant is so young would there be any eggs or larvae on it or do Monarchs only lay eggs in Spring and early Summer? Be careful in suggesting that “organic pest control” is inherently safe for desirable insects: Many organically-approved pesticides exist that will kill all insects, including monarchs. Thanks Tony. Mix 2 to 5 tablespoons of horticultural oil with 1 gallon of water. One new thing I’ve been trying is to sprinkle garlic powder on the affected areas and around the bases of the plants. It has been so far. Periodically my various varieties of milkweeds here in S FL become absolutely overrun with aphids. Mine spit at this time of year and make my milkweed sticky. Unfortunately, this next option option is unpredictable and could have unintended  consequences…. Also, some of the milkweed has grown back with wavy, thick leaves. After you’re done you can rinse or spray the plant with water. leave on the leaves. This saddens me. There are two ways we’ve found to be very effective in controlling them if you have the time, without the use of any chemicals, “organic” or not. They suck the life from milkweed like little orange vampires.. My problem is keeping a good supply of milkweed and the ever present “black death” of some cats. Any feedback is appreciated. Hi Nancy, we’re also convinced of the repelling qualities of garlic…no aphid infestations since 2011. Always check for monarch eggs and caterpillars before spraying because you could damage or dislodge them in the process as well. how do they take to transplanting? If you wave the lighter back and forth quickly, it doesn’t hurt the plant. I have what I thought was a new variety of ladybug, but noticed the new bugs were eating the leaves at a very quick rate. Hi Sheila, the monarch eggs turn dark on top before hatching (actually the caterpillar’s head). Aphids that have been parasitized are referred to as aphid mummies. Best way I’ve gotten rid of them (along with spider mites) is to just hose them off. However I sadly realized that 2 days prior to finding them, that I had sprayed insecticidal soap on one of them. Anyway I will try some of the steps I’ve seen posted. put your egg shells in the garden Slugs and snails hate them. There are many different species of aphids, and the different strategies to manage them can vary with each species. I still wind up with other things that consume the milkweed (aphids, bugs, beetles), but frankly, they are all part of the diversity I want to attract by growing native plants. Hi Helen, I’ve gotten the most positive feed back from gardeners that have tried planting allium spp. The last one I moved was nearly 2″ long and FAT. I used a pesticide at first which killed every living thing around, including earth worms. There are conflicting reports as to how effective this is, but it can’t hurt to try. It actually does say that alcohol is lethal to monarchs in the LA times article, but I added a block quote under #3 for clarification. You could also cut of the heaviest infested areas and discard…good luck! Then I sent everyone of them down the garbage disposal. Oleander aphid damage Like other sap-sucking insects, oleander aphids pierce plant parts to tap into the phloem of the host plant. Then I simply spray the Aphids directly with the wash and wipe them off the leaves and stems with a paper towel and then thoroughly rise the plant with water. June 2020 But for those that have smaller butterfly gardens and a limited milkweed supply they can be an issue. Small yellow colonies of aphids taking over my milkweed (pretty miffed). They may also be eating some aphids, as the plants most accessible to the lizards seem to have fewer aphids. Most years I have had many many monarch caterpillars. April 2018 Hopefully you will see some monarchs soon…. In the case of fighting aphids, two homemade sprays have proven very effective in controlling aphid infestations. Re the aphids: Check daily. November 2019 I then checked every leaf which looked like it was chewed and rescued about 5 tiny cats. So I tore up several basil leaves and placed them in between the Milkweed leaves and in the soil around each Milkweed plant. Subsequent infestations throughout the season were small and self-managing, as remnants of predators were established that got the jump on population explosions. Good luck! In some regions, parasitic wasps have been released to control unwanted pests. Wasps, ants, spiders, stink bugs, lizards… If you think there is an issue with your soil, check with a local university to see if they do soil testing. They all died forming their chrysalides. I hope I can find out what they are. These eggs have the same shape & ridges as the monarch eggs; but they are very dark grey. There’s tiny green bugs. I live in southeast GA and have a thriving lizard population. I check every day for aphids, and if I find them, it’s always on one leaf or flower. It is thought to originate in the Mediterranean and probably spread as oleanders were introduced around the world. At the risk of sounding like a contrarian, I I have confess that I never ever worry about my aphids on milkweed. BTW- aphids are typically a bigger problem with species like swamp and tropical. Society garlic is a natural repellent for aphids, I’ve been able to keep them in check with these wonderful plants and by squishing any that I find when inspecting. Any suggestions as to what the problem could be would be welcome. A few days ago I found 6 or 7 Monarch caterpillars and several were almost full-grown. Video doesn’t lie: 13. Could it also attract more monarch predators? Hi Rob, it depends on the type of attachment you use, and how powerful the suction of your vacuum is…. Some foliar sprays (acephate, dimethoate) and soil treatments (disulfoton, imidacloprid, oxamyl) are “systemic insecticides.” These products are taken up by the plant and make its tissues and fluids toxic to the feeding aphids. It’s nice to be able to hear what other people are experiencing and doing. This could obviously lead to some horrendous mistakes in an aphid-infested garden. I went outside on Sunday and saw a big fat caterpillar! Turns out they were A. curassavica, which I have learned since from a newspaper article is not good. Be sure to check the underside of the leaf and the center of new growth. This method has worked for me! (I have no connection to them whatsoever.) Unfortunately, I have only seen theMonarchs around the plants a couple of times, and I have found no eggs or cats this year. Although, time-consuming, the safest way to remove aphids is manually by squishing them between your fingers (use gloves to avoid staining your fingers) and then using a hose to dislodge them from the plant. Should I move the caterpillar to the back or leave him out front. With pruning, oleander can be kept at a shrub height, or it can be trained into a small tree reaching between 10 and 18 feet tall. I’m afraid to use it on the milkweed because I don’t know how it will affect my caterpillars. good luck! Natural biological control can be quite effective in controlling p… Hello! Thanks in advance! Up to that point I didn’t know what to do about these aphids on my beautiful milkweed. I think raising them outside of their environment does them a disservice. I do use a smattering of flower fertilizer once a year but do not use insecticides. Last year was a bad year region-wide — monarch numbers were down everywhere. I want to get rid of these aphids without harming them. So, what are aphids? After about 5 seconds, he hoses the plant down with water and those pesky milkweed invaders are dead. https://monarchjointventure.org/resources/faq/aphids-on-milkweed, http://support.milkweedmarket.org/kb/article/359-how-do-i-treat-milkweed-plants-that-have-aphids/, http://nathistoc.bio.uci.edu/hemipt/OleanderAphid.htm. I am amazed to have at least 15 cats now on the plant. When I returned to Florida I had lots of cats on my outdoor plants. We still have monarchs up in our Minnesota garden. Hi Peter…it is if you get it on them. Dear Tony, ok two problems..I found slugs on my garden milkweed plants..what to do..thenI have geraniums growing all over and they are chewed up by something..I keeping looking in the plants and cant find the culprit. Here’s the ingredients: Organic Sunflower Oil Organic Ethyl Alcohol Organic Glycerin Potassium Hydroxide Citric Acid Organic Grapefruit Oil. near milkweed, we don’t use any onion spray which would probably repel monarchs if left on the plant. i’m managing to control the aphids by squashing them, and clipping off the parts of the plant that have the greater infestations. It is very beneficial to cut off parts of the plant that has more infestation, then you can hose off the rest. I still rub out and spray with water. Hi Shirley, here are some of the most common disease issues that monarchs face: Monarch Diseases Info and Prevention (turning completely black is most likely a virus or bacterial issue). How effective is this strategy? Then another wave of aphids, a corresponding increase in predators, and then another quick aphid crash on the other side ensued. They don’t stand a chance – not on MY milkweed. Repeat on the ones you missed. glad to hear the dawn is working for you. After they’re finished would be a good time to cut down all your milkweed so healthy growth can emerge. Hi Jean, what is baby powder supposed to do to aphids? Hi Cindy, hydrogen peroxide diluted with water can kill pathogens that affect milkweed. Please let us know how it works for the aphids…. I have one remaining monarch caterpillar feasting on my milkweed. Someone I know just told me they interpreted the use of alcohol to mean that it was harmless to the Monarchs and only damaged the aphids. August 2019 I prefer to hold as closely to the tenets of IPM (intnegrated pest management) which emphasizes monitoring problems and allowing some pests and providing beneficial insects to counter such as oleander aphids. I continued “soaping” the plant and after an hour I hosed off the entire plant using my hand to support every branch. If all the aphids are gone, then all their predators will leave too, making more work for you in the garden. I haven’t tried it since. This is my introduction to this site and am happy to see it. I also think I saw two new monarch eggs. Good luck and keep us posted…. I too had aphids and did not want to harm any eggs with soap, alcohol or lady bugs. Learn how to separate seeds without making a fluffy, white mess! What’s your thoughts on that. carry around a cup/bucket of soap water and just flick them inside. I have caterpillars now and I believe more eggs. Hi Joan, it’s really hard to say what your late Texas monarchs will do. 🙂 Thanks for your help! July 2019 It’s nasty. Oleander is a tough plant that blooms even in drought and punishing heat but, unfortunately, the shrub is sometimes preyed upon by a few common oleander pests. I also had an almost overwhelming infestation of aphids which I didn’t catch in time because I was away on vacation. And please don’t introduce more lady beetles–they are not a native species and are taking the place of native ones. Within a few days it was covered from top to bottom, leaves to stems, with aphids. I move them outside during the day in hopes of attracting more monarchs. Hi Linda, someone else from southern California also reported to me that they planted regular onions and noticed less aphids. I read on a few comments that soap keeps them from attaching chrysalis? They’re not the ones doing the most damage to the leaves though. They will straighten out. Thanks for the info! To get ahead of false oleander scale or oleander aphid infestations, begin spraying your oleander with horticultural oil in early spring when its new growth appears. The wash has a very silky, oily consistency and makes the “orange vampires” very easy to wipe off. When the alkaloids are suspended and diluted with water, they make an easy to use spray that is toxic to aphids, but still safe around plants and humans. I just planted 5 milkweed plants….1 plant around mother’s day and the other 4 around June 30th. I have some passion flower vines that are filled with the gulf fritillary caterpillars, and when I went out to look at them a couple of days ago, I noticed a monarch caterpillar on one of the milkweeds. You’d be surprised (or maybe not) at how many people do NOT KNOW that milkweed is the ONLY plant that the monarch needs to breed and survive! The plants will have a couple weeks of no spray before i plant them outside when the weather warms up here in the northeast. I have found that I must keep about 20 plants in pots covered with popup laundry hampers to use as the cats eat up what is in there enclosure. I raised the cats in and enclosure and set the butterflies free. Anyway, I understand the dangers. Meanwhile, until I find some of those plants, I will have to try the soap/water mixture! Some plants do in North Texas. In addition, I found this creepy looking mushroom right next to my milkweed plant base and found out it was a stinkhorn fungus. Aphids have soft pear-shaped bodies with long legs and antennae and may be green, yellow, brown, red, or black depending on the species and the plants they feed on. I bet they make it in a liquid too. One plant looks awful but it doesn’t seem to be bothering the caterpillars who are munching their way through the plant. I would also suggest trying to establish a good supply of healthy milkweed before you get back to raising more monarchs. 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