Getting rid of aphids in your garden doesn’t have to involve toxic chemicals when you can make your own natural DIY aphid repellent in just a couple of minutes!
DIY Aphid Repellent
So your garden is invaded by aphids. Ewww!! But no need to panic. I know aphids are disgusting and dangerous as they could do a lot of damage to your garden in the blink of an eye but they’re totally manageable. There are 4000 varieties of aphids and they feed on a wide range of plants, giving them yellowing, distorted leaves, affecting growth and in severe cases, even killing the plant. Ladybugs are their natural predator but since most gardeners don’t have ladybugs on hand, a natural aphid killer is the next best thing.
Just go in the kitchen and make yourself a super easy, super quick DIY aphid repellent. This is so easy but so efficient you won’t believe your eyes! If you have a really big infestation you may need to apply this spray a couple of times and even hose down your plants but typically, aphids will die after the first round of this DIY aphid repellent. That’s right, I was lying! This is not a repellent, it’s a killer but I bet you don’t care at this point. Your garden and hard work are a priority, right? And this powerful spray is just what you need.
I generously applied my DIY aphid repellent in the afternoon, both on the leaves and undersides where eggs and larvae usually hide. When I checked the next morning they were all dead, changing color (I touched them; yuck, I know but had to make sure!) but still sitting on my roses.
Since that wasn’t a sight for sore eyes I grabbed the garden hose and gave my roses a good wash until all bugs were gone (Note: If you need to do this too, be careful with the younger, more sensitive plants as the water flow may damage them. I held the plants with one hand, wearing garden gloves and hosed down using the other hand).
Then I let the roses dry and applied a light misting to make sure the bugs won’t be back, repeating the misting the next day too, cause I’m a freak like that (those disgusting critters really give me the creeps!). And my beautiful, bright flowers are now back to their old self!
DIY Aphid Repellent Recipe
- 3 tbsp organic dish soap (soap will dissolve the waxing coat on aphids, dehydrating them without harming the plant)
- 8 oz tap water
- spray bottle
- optional – 1 tbsp cooking oil (to help the solution stick better to the plants, thus being more efficient at killing the aphids)
- Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and give it a good shake.
- Generously spray the plants on the affected areas and underside of leaves.
- Leave on overnight.
- Hose down the plants the next day, making sure the water flow won’t damage the plant
- Let the plants air dry.
- Lightly mist the solution again after drying. You should see your plants getting back to a healthy green color within a few days up to a week (that is if they weren’t already killed by aphids before the treatment was applied)
- Note: you may need to repeat the process if you’re fighting a big infestation! Just check your plants regularly and repeat at the first sign of infestation.