How to Kill Aphids Naturally, without harmful chemicals
As you can see, Aphids are devouring this tip off one of my potato plants. I noticed that Aphids were tearing up my potato plants and were really going after some of my other crop vegtables like spinach, peppers, and even some of my tomatoes. A long time ago, I read that one could mix up a stray bottle with a little soap and spray the plants once or twice a day and the aphid problem would lessen. This would allow a natural way of pest elimination when you don’t want to use pesticides on the food you wish to feed to your family. Here is what I did….
Just mix 1/2 teaspoon of liquid soap (I buy Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, any scent will do) into a clean spray bottle and shake well to mix. Then spray this lightly soapy mixture all over your trouble areas. Don’t do this during the sunniest part of the day or you might fry your leaves from the sun magnifying on the water droplets upon the leaves. This should be done twice a day, if possible, until you don’t see any more aphids. I prefer to do this after watering, so that the watering doesn’t wash off all of the soap.
As you can see, very inexpensive treatment has caused many of the aphids to dehydrate and shrivel into little white specks like mummified corpses that do not move. I’ve read that the soap eats through their little skins and causes them to dehydrate and die.
You may have to do this several times, as you can’t get all of the aphids in a single spraying. But doing it this way makes me feel a lot better about the food I am feeding my family and will increse my yields since I won’t have as much plant damage.
Just another note, LadyBugs eat aphids. A lot of aphids! You can buy Ladybugs online and release them into your garden or greenhouse. I believe I saw 2,500 ladybugs for about $20 online. It sure beats losing a whole crop to an aphid infestation.
Does anyone else have any tips and tricks for safely eliminating pests in a garden or greenhouse? Please leave a comment!