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Getting Rid of Aphids Without Pesticide

Updated on September 7, 2010

I don't like the sight of mass clusters of black aphids.  They are somehow even more nasty looking than the green variety. When I see an entire plant taken over by the aphids, I usually just give up.  I figured as long as they stay on one plant, they can have that one plant. I have pretty much lost my entire pot of chives to the black aphids. 

I was over at my friend Annie's garden last weekend. While we were looking at her roses, we noticed some big fat aphids on them.  Annie said that she'll need to make some solution to get rid of them.  I asked her about the solution and tried it out last night.  Today all the black aphids on the chives are gone and the aphids on the spinach are significantly less. 

Dying pot of chives
Dying pot of chives
Same pot of chives 2 months later. I only sprayed it twice. The aphids disappeared after the first spray.
Same pot of chives 2 months later. I only sprayed it twice. The aphids disappeared after the first spray.

Here's the recipe to make an all natural aphids repellent:

2 drops of dish washing detergent
1 teaspoon each of the following:
baking soda, cooking oil of any kind, salt

Put the above items in a 24 oz. spray bottle and fill it with water, and you are ready to combat the aphids! It works!

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      Paula 2 years ago

      Thanks for the tip. We live in a condo and had aphids everywhere on our 3rd story deck. I used the spray pretty consistently for two days and the aphids are gone! Nice thing is, the spray doens't stain things but if you use it around windows, you'll need to wash them. Now I can enjoy sitting on our deck again.

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      jr360 2 years ago

      I am wondering do I need to wash it off later? I have heard that this recipe

      used on roses needs to washed off later or it hurts the rose. What ever I am going to use it on the chives, I cannot believe it it happened literally over night. My big beautiful chive plant covered in black bugs ahh! Thank you for the information it will be put to use

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      Cat holland 2 years ago

      As soon as I sprayed.. They ran from the bottom of the flowering choice to the top.. Thank you! They're driving me crazy

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      I am going to try this but first I need to get my baking soda. :) I had just used it from cleaning the shower and I'm now out of it. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us! Up and shared!

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      morgan968 4 years ago

      These are one of the most annoying pest's, thank you for sharing such a helpful article. It helped me beat my aphid problem. People don't know about using insects to beat your pest problem. I also found this article very helpful and thought I would share with everyone.

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