Using Soaps and Detergents for Insect Control on Plants?

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June 24, 2010

I have heard that "soapy water" baths are good for plants in order to avoid insects or plant plagues. Is there any truth to this? If not, what can I do when their leaves seem to have been eaten by an insect?

Hardiness Zone: 1

By marylin from San Diego, CA

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June 26, 20100 found this helpful

I've only used soapy water to go after aphids, then I rinse it off.
You need to be careful with soap and water sprays, you can damage your leaves. This stuff is a contact spray for aphids with no residual effects. It clogs the aphids so they can't breathe. A heavy concentration can do that to your leaves. Rinse it off when you are done. I find a teaspoon of Ivory Liquid to a quart of water is adequate.

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Don't use antibacterial soaps.

To get whatever is eating your plants. Identify the bug then use an appropriate treatment. You can find all sorts of organic methods on line.

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