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Homemade Aphid Spray Recipes

Soap and Water

A few tablespoons of liquid dish or insecticidal soap diluted in a pint of water is the simplest way to make a natural aphid killer spray for that aphid infestation. After mixing the water and soap mixture, fill up a squirt bottle, take a dish sponge and head out to your garden.

Your first thought might be to indiscriminately spray all the plants in your garden with the dish soap spray bottle. However, doing so will kill any beneficial insects along with the aphids.

Instead, to control aphids but not lose your good bugs, spray the soapy water onto the sponge and gently wipe it on the leaves of the plants. Be sure to check underneath the plant leaves for eggs and larvae.

Vinegar

Liquid soap is a versatile all-natural,  with olive and mineral oil as the main ingredients. When combined with vinegar and water,  makes a DIY natural aphid spray. The vinegar deters future garden pests from invading your new growth.

Like dish washing soap, vinegar is lethal to all insects, whether they are the Japanese species of aphids you are trying to get rid of or the good bugs you need in your garden. Use a spray bottle to spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves lightly.

  • 1 tablespoon Liquid soap
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 4Lt of water

Neem Oil

Pure and organic Neem oil can be used to repel aphids, cabbage worms, other pests, as well as help control any fungi they transfer into your garden. Simply mix Neem oil for plants with a few drops of liquid dish soap and fife cups of water.

Once you dilute the Neem oil, use a garden hose sprayer to mist your garden with the mixture in the early morning. Neem oil doesn’t have any harmful effects on beneficial insects, but it does help in repelling aphids, mosquitoes, and other pests.

Spray this solution on all your plants, from the tomatoes and cucumbers in the vegetable garden to flowers like roses and milkweed to the base of trees to repel unwanted aphids and other pesky insects. Your plants will thank you for ridding them of these life-sucking creatures!

  • 1 tbsp Neem oil
  • 1/3 tbsp liquid dish soap
  •  One Litre of water

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