How to fight zucchini aphids:advice, natural remedies and treatment for eliminate courgette aphidsand pumpkin.
Theaphids of zucchinithey are of the sortAphis gossypii, these are very common parasites that mainly attack cucurbits, namely those plants such as cucumber, melon, pumpkin, courgette and watermelon. In this guide we will seehow to get rid of aphids from zucchiniand from any plant of the Cucurbitaceae family.
The aphids of zucchini they multiply continuously and populations reach their maximum density in late spring and summer. Infestations ofaphidsonly rarely do they occur in late autumn or winter because in this period few individuals survive on the plants that host them.
Theaphidsdamage thezucchiniboth directly, by subtracting the sap from the leaf tissues, and indirectly: aphids act as vectors of various diseases by transmitting viruses to plants.
Aphids in the vegetable garden
When aphids hit yourszucchini, hardly limit themselves to infesting a few plants. Aphids can become a real problem for the entire vegetable garden, whether it is grown on the flat ground, or if grown in pots, on the terrace and balcony.
The aphids of zucchini they can also infest other vegetables grown in the garden so we advise you to act promptly. Aphids can damage green beans, pumpkins, cucumbers ... How to recognize an aphid infestation? The affected leaves appear yellowed and rolled up. While they feed, these insects produce honeydew, a sticky sugary substance, on which, later on, the fumaggine develops.
Smoke is caused by fungi and can cover more or less large areas of the leaves of your plants.
How to eliminate aphids from zucchini, pumpkins and other garden crops
The treatment we propose is effective on any plants infested withaphidsof the speciesAphis gossypii. To contain the infestation it is possible to use the aficides allowed in biological agriculturesuch as azadirachtin-1 (bio aficida not classified), with treatments at a dose of 25 mo per 10 liters of water. At the time of administration, read the safety instructions on the label and the timing to be respected in order to proceed with the harvest.
Those who prefer natural remedies can take advantage of pyrethrum. To cope with this parasitic attack, in fact, you can use pyrethrum-based products. Pyrethrum is a natural insecticide which is obtained from the flowers of a plant of the Asteraceae family, the Tanacetum cinerariifolium. To buy pyrethrum-based products, go to your trusted agricultural consortium or take advantage of online sales.
We do not recommend buying generic aficides or pesticides because they can damage your garden and your health. If you go to any garden center reporting problems with aphids, mites or any doubt about parasites, the retailer will almost certainly offer you a broad spectrum product based on Imidacloprid. Imidacloprid-based products are not only more expensive than pyrethrum-based ones but they are also more harmful, just think that they are not allowed in organic farming.
Aphids on pumpkins and zucchini, natural remedies
Those on the hunt for natural remedies to eliminate aphids can find the classic "grandmother's remedies", used in peasant traditions, in the articleNatural remedies against aphids and cochineal.
Natural remedies against aphids: associations in the garden
Aphids, as well as mites, can be removed with a good association of cultivation. Between one plant and another, interspersed with onion or garlic furrows, they will help you prevent attacks by aphids and other harmful parasites.
Curiosity, is it courgette or courgette?
The correct form, as reported by theAccademia della Crusca, is the male one (thereforezucchinifor the singular andzucchinifor the plural), however, even the wordcourgetteit is recognized in Italian dictionaries. With the wordzucchiniit refers to the vegetable while with the female equivalent, it denotes both the plant and the fruit.
Each chooses the term they prefer based on regional declinations also following the conditions of the local dialect. In Tuscany they prefer to sayzucchinias well as in Piedmont and Sardinia, while the female form predominates in a large number of regions both in the North and in the South.
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