This is going to be my first post. Sadly, it is pictures off one of my plants that got attacked by what I think is black aphids. I was unfortunately not paying attention to this Jalapeño giant plant. I then noticed that it was infested when a bunch of leaves started falling off the plant.
Signs of aphids on the chili plants leaves
There are also obvious signs on the leaves that have not died yet. In the following to images we can see the signs of the aphids sucking the juice out of the plant.
As can be seen in the images the leaves are getting stained and yellow. I also noticed that the leaves are getting “curly”. I don’t have an image showing this, right now.
Signs of the aphids on the stem
We can also see clear signs that the plant does not feel well on the stem. Have a look at the following two images.
If we inspect the images, or even better the chile plant itself, we see that the stem is drying out. The aphids will typically sit on the leaves but the entire plant seems to be drying out even though we give it enough water (or even more).
I am now trying to kill these bugs using a solution that I spray on all of my pepper plants every day. I experiment some with the following ingredients: water, oil, baking soda, detergent, and cayenne. What I found was that having to much oil will make it hard tho spray. I use like one liter of water, a pinch of baking soda and/or cayenne, and a drop of detergent. Every morning I bring the plant to my bath tub and spray it. It seems like there are fewer black aphids.
If you happen to know any good organic, non-expensive, ways to fight the aphids off. Please let me know.