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Get Rid of Aphids Naturally

By June 28, 2011

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Aphids are one of those insect pests that are difficult to see. As small as they are, you wouldn't notice aphids while casually passing by a plant in the garden. You really have to take a close look to discover them. Nor are they brightly colored, like those red beetles that infest Asian lilies.

It didn't take the aphids long to start zeroing in on my plants this year. Back in April, they attacked my sand cherry. Meanwhile, every year my 'Diablo' ninebark has a devilishly hard time with aphids. My "natural" response is to spray with neem oil.

Francesca Clarke at DIY Life suggests some other ways to get rid of aphids naturally in her article. Francesca discusses using the following to kill aphids:

  • Soap spray
  • Ginger spray
  • Ladybugs

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June 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm
(1) Rich Scalise says:

I like to use this mixture and works pretty well. 1 gallon of water, 1 tablespoon dish soap,1 tablespoon vegetable oil, Half of teaspoon rubbing alcohol. I use this mixture on my Bonsai trees. Put this in a. Hudson sprayer and apply. Never spray in full sun wait till right before night fall. Now you have no bugs and it is all natural.

June 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(2) Shelley Elmblad says:

In my experience, a grease dissolving dish soap (like Dawn) in these formulas kills the plants. Using a gentle dish soap is a better -and cheaper – alternative.

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