Hi, I'm a lurker on here, but am hoping you ladies can help me out.
I have a terrible aphid infestation on my hedera ivy. It's the annoying little black aphid. I've been spraying that with pyrethrin, but since they've moved on to my vegetable garden, I've changed to an organic pesticide. It seems to work when I spray directly on the stupid things, but with the ginormous amount of ivy we have around the terrace, there's no way I can see all of them. And as you know they procreate like crazy, so miss one equals having hundreds more in mere days.
I'm at a loss.
I know ladybugs help, but we also have lots of ants that protect the aphids from the ladybugs. (The ants refuse to die as well, I've tried organic ant powder and boiling water over their nests, but they just refuse to die.)
I've been using a hand sprayer to spray my pesticides. We do have a pressure washer (not sure if it still works) but I think that attaches to a hose, so I won't be able to add pesticide to that water.
Does anyone have any idea how to help me get rid of these icky, annoying little beasts?
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