I am looking for a homemade aphid repellant recipe. I know I have used one before but the recipe has escaped me.
Try this recipe for getting rid of aphids:
Combine these ingredients into a blender or food processor on high. Strain the pulp from the liquid using cheesecloth, a nylon stocking or a fine-meshed colander. Pour the remaining liquid into a spray bottle and spray it directly on flowers or plants to control aphids. Another easy method is to use a strong spray from a garden hose every few days until the aphids are no longer visible.
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One of your best and safest bets is simply water! Confine its use to infested plants only--you may succeed in dislodging so many aphids that you won't have to use anything more toxic. Aphids so rudely dislodged generally will not return.
One of the easiest is to just put 2 T. dishwashing detergent and mix with 2 qts. of water and then spray on trees with a hand sprayer. Aphids don't like the taste of the soap but the soap won't hurt the plants.
I use a solution of 1/2 water and 1/2 mouthwash. It works really well on roses and other pests on hostas. You have to respray everytime it rains though.
i have found that a mixture of capsicum and water (2/1) in a spray bottle sprayed directly onto the plants works with alot of bugs from the garden including aphids. also, if you are looking for a beneficial insect approach, lady bugs and hover flies love eating these bugs too. just wet down your plants with a little bit of water and release these into your garden and they will get a drink then go to work.
hope that helps.
To control aphids in my garden I just hang strip of banana peelings on everything that has any sign of aphids and they're gone in a couple of days and the banana peelings turn black so nobody really notices them when they're not a bright yellow.
I've had good success with lemon water. Spray and they're gone!
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