Aphids are very common yard pests. These little insects can easily wreak havoc in any garden. They suck the plant’s sap, making the plants weak and easily susceptible to diseases. Aphids also transmit plant diseases that cause mottling and curling of the leaves as well as discoloration of the leaves. In addition to this, aphids also chew on the leaves, stunting the plant’s growth.
Aphids are excreting this sticky substance called honeydew, which usually sticks on the leaves of the plants. In time, the honeydew will turn black because of the presence of fungus. Because of this, the plant’s growth is affected.
Chemical pest control products can easily take care of your aphid infestation. But one drawback to this is that the chemicals can also kill beneficial insects. Killing beneficial insects is a big no-no because they are the natural predators of aphids, and without them, aphid population could easily grow back and increase.
If you want a safe and organic way of controlling aphid infestation, then here are some homemade aphid sprays that you can make at home.
Homemade Tomato Leaf Spray
Tomato leaves contain alkaloid, and it’s usually released when you chop the leaves up. Now, alkaloid is toxic to aphids; it can easily kill them.
To make your own tomato leaf spray, all you will need to do is to chop the tomato leaves into little pieces to release the alkaloid. You will need about a couple of cups of chopped tomato leaves. In a deep bowl, place the chopped leaves and pour in two cups of water. Let it steep overnight. Once done, strain the leaves using a strainer. Pour the tomato leaf water into a spray bottle then add in another cup of water.
Homemade Aphid Dish Soap Spray
You can also make an aphid dish soap spray. All you will need are a couple of teaspoons of mild dish soap as well as 16 ounces of water. You can also add in 5 ounces of vegetable oil, but instead of using two teaspoons of mild dish, you only have to use one teaspoon. Mix everything together in a spray bottle, and it’s good to go.
What this concoction does is to cover the aphid with the mixture, making it difficult for them to breathe. In addition to blocking their respiratory ability, the mixture also causes them dehydration.
Homemade Garlic Spray
Garlic has long been used as an organic pest control method. Its strong scent can drive away the pest, and it also contains sulfur which is toxic to them. In addition to sulfur, garlic also has antibacterial as well as antifungal properties, perfect for the honeydew film aphids leave on leaves.
To make this spray, all you have to do is to chop up about four cloves of garlic until they’re very fine pieces. Place the chopped garlic in a bowl then pour in about a couple of teaspoons of mineral oil. Let this concoction sit for about a whole day before removing the garlic pieces and pouring in about a pint of water and a teaspoon of dish soap. Pour the concoction into a spray bottle and use as needed. Simply add more water if you need the mixture to be more diluted.
If these sprays can’t control aphids, then call your local pest control company.
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Jennifer Dallman writes for a pest control company. This article is for those who want to find out more about getting rid of aphids the organic, safe, and natural way.