You can kill most common, soft-bodied pests such as aphids, mealy bugs, scales and spider mites with inexpensive homemade insecticidal soap spray. Castile soap is a gentler alternative. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap works very well in ridding your plants of these pesky pests. Supplies: Spray bottle. Make a homemade insecticidal soap, a low-toxicity bug control solution that will desiccate the soft bodies and kill the aphids without doing harm to your plants. Simply mix a few teaspoons of liquid dish soap with one quart of water, then spray or wipe the solution onto the leaves, stems, and buds of the plant. Insecticidal soaps only need a few minutes to be effective. A rinse to wash the soap off after a few applications is highly recommended to prevent the buildup of fatty acids on the "business" part of the leaf where gaseous exchange goes on. Some plants such as african violets do not respond well to soap treatments. Usually, small amounts of well-diluted dish soap don't hurt flowerbeds, and soapy water is better than no water for plants during a drought. Don't assume that dish soap is completely safe, however. It must be applied according to certain guidelines to prevent plant damage.
To make insecticidal soap, simply mix the following horticultural soap recipe ingredients thoroughly: Combine one cup of oil, any variety, such as vegetable, peanut, corn, soybean, etc. with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid or other “pure” soap.
Castile soap spray: Castile soap is an old-fashioned remedy that you can use in a spray to kill ants naturally. Crumble it up, and mix 1/4 cup of soap with a few drops of peppermint oil and one quart of water. Shake and spray around ants to kill them.
DIY Liquid Castile Soap 24 oz weight (680 grams) olive oil. 16 oz weight (454 grams) coconut oil. 9. 35 oz weight (265 grams) Potassium hydroxide lye flakes. 32 oz (4 cups | 907 grams) distilled water, for lye-solution. 10 to 12 cups distilled water, to dilute, plus extra as needed.
Apply Thoroughly: Many soft-bodied insects hang out on the undersides of leaves. Be sure to spray both the tops and bottoms of leaves with insecticidal soap, as well as the stems. Remember that insecticidal soap will only work on the bugs that actually get wet.
Castile soap is the most basic and gentlest of all soaps, made from a simple recipe of saponified olive oil and beeswax. The soap has no lather, but provides excellent, gentle cleaning. Doctors often recommend castile soap to their patients with allergy-prone or reactive skin types, as well as for babies.
To make a basic oil spray insecticide, mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of soap (cover and shake thoroughly), and then when ready to apply, add 2 teaspoons of the oil spray mix with 1 quart of water, shake thoroughly, and spray directly on the surfaces of the plants which are being affected by the little
Natural remedies can get rid of pesky insects using natural products commonly found in the home. Soapy water. Mix 5 tablespoons of dish soap with 4 cups of water in a bottle and spray plants with the solution. Neem oil spray. Pyrethrum spray. Beer. Garlic. Pepper spray. Herbal water spray. Alcohol spray.
Advertisement. Repeat the application process every four to seven days, as needed. Because insecticidal soap only kills insects when it's wet, it's a good idea to treat plants in early morning or late evening when the solution won't evaporate as quickly as it will in the heat of the day.
An easy way to get rid of spittlebugs if you have a mild infestation is to handpick them off of you plants. Wear gloves if you are squeamish. Search your plants for both the nymphs and the adults and pick them off. You can kill them by either squeezing them to death or drop them into a container of soapy water.
Recipe. The recipe for homemade insecticidal soap requires only three ingredients: Dawn dish soap, vegetable oil and soft water. Mix 2. 5 tablespoons of the Dawn dish soap and 2. 5 tablespoons of vegetable oil with 1 gallon of warm soft water. Furthermore, you should always use soft water when diluting pesticides.
Water Spray Spraying plant leaves down with water removes dust and dirt, and it can rinse away insect pests and fungal spores. Although a spray of water benefits the plant's health, foliage that remains wet for an extended period is prone to the diseases that require a moist environment to grow.
Get out a spray bottle and fill it 1/3 of the way with distilled white vinegar and the rest of the way with water. This will kill the aphids and larvae on contact. Place a square of aluminum foil around the base of plants affected by aphids. It is also good for the plants, as it brings them more natural sunlight.
Mix together 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1 quart of water, or 5 tablespoons of soap per 1 gallon of water if you have a lot of plants to spray. Mix the solution thoroughly, and pour it into a clean spray bottle.