Pest battle what to do
I dont know what spurred the outbreak, but I have been inundated with gnats and aphids. A little background before people ask lol.
I currently have both indoor and outdoor growing going on.
Indoors I have 90% peppers mixed with a few papaya,and guava seedlings. All in my garage in a makeshift mini greenhouse. I water only when my dirt dries out and the plants start to go limp on me so maybe once a week. So I dont think over watering is an issue and I dont see any fungus or mold growing anywhere. But within the last two weeks they have been swarmed by gnats and now aphids. And I mean swarmed lol. I have to go out and smash aphids everyday since I cant release ladybugs in my garage and my plants are still to small to place outdoors with our weird weather.
My outdoor peppers mainly and a few veggies are being attacked by strictly aphids right now. Im going to pick up some ladybugs today and some flowers as well to hopefully keep them around long enough to put a dent in the aphids outside.
I havent seen any major ant traffic per say since we have on and off rain still. But it is driving me mad already and its not even full blown nice weather yet. I can only imagine how bad they will get once the weather gets nice and favorable for those little buggers.
Im actually thinking about spraying both front and backyards with a pesticide to kill everything out there, but I really hate using any chemicals on my plants especially since we eat them. But at this point I rather kill everything out there and try to attract to good bugs again later with some flowers they like.
Any pointers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated before I go all chemical warfare out there on them lol
Sorry for the long windedness but its driving my bonkers already.