My 10 acrea field seems to be infested with aphids this year. It's on my squash, eggplant, cukes, and eggplant. It makes the vegetables extremely sticky. I have never had this problem before. How do I solve this problem and why r they so bad?
As to why the aphids are bad this year it's hard to say. You may not have many natural enemies present to help keep populations of aphids down. the honeydew produced by the aphids is what is causing the stickiness, and often attracts ants, who guard the aphids from predators. look at this article for some suggestions on products that may help; however it is best to use them when an infestation is starting, not after it has become severe. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/aphids_appearing_in_commercial_vegetable_fields