Certain critters can be the pestiest of pests, especially on precious houseplants and hanging potted flowers that make our homes a better place to be. If you’ve recently had an invasion of tiny crawlers that seem to be sucking the life out of your favorite foliage, here’s what to do…

Aphids are plant lice—soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects that are less than one-eighth-inch long and are most commonly green, yellow or black. If you see aphids on your plants, mix one-half cup of powdered milk with one quart of warm water and put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the plants’ leaves thoroughly. As they dry, the aphids will die. And you have spared the air in your home from toxic chemicals.

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