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Nov 4, 2011 5:34 AM CST
Name: bit
Eastern VA and NC
Zone 7b/8a
Aphids are opportunists who tend to pop up when the plants are otherwise stressed, in my experience. We had them come in (on cucurbits, so a different type) during the drought this summer. The best deterrent I know of is to keep the plants in top shape, though I don't doubt you're already doing that.

If you don't want to spray anything toxic, small aphid invasions can be knocked off the plants with a blast from a hose. But if you let them get too far so that the leaves curl up around them, it's almost impossible to get rid of them.

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