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    Aphid Infestation

    I know there are a few farmers out there. It is that time of the year for aphids in the garden and I have them bad. They are all over my bell pepper and eggplant plants. I cant get rid of them. I have been doing some research online and some people say you can kill them by spraying a dish soap solution on them. Anybody out there ever tried this. If so how much soap to use per gallon and does it matter what kind of soap to use. Also I have read that after you spray the plants you have to wash them off with water a couple hours later so the soap does not burn the plants. Anyone out there have any knowledge on this issue?

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    I've used Dr Bronners on my veggies before, seemed to work well. Reapplied every week during the season and it kept most of the bugs away.
    https://www.snwa.com/land/maint_pests.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDuhe87 View Post
    I know there are a few farmers out there. It is that time of the year for aphids in the garden and I have them bad. They are all over my bell pepper and eggplant plants. I cant get rid of them. I have been doing some research online and some people say you can kill them by spraying a dish soap solution on them. Anybody out there ever tried this. If so how much soap to use per gallon and does it matter what kind of soap to use. Also I have read that after you spray the plants you have to wash them off with water a couple hours later so the soap does not burn the plants. Anyone out there have any knowledge on this issue?

    Thanks
    I tried this years ago on a satsuma tree I had that was badly infested. Didnt turn out well. It caused the tree to drop all its leaves off and for a while I thought I had actually killed it but, it survived. I used dawn brand soap, dont remember how much I mixed to water, and may have left it on too long before rinsing it off. I hesitate from trying it ever again even though I may have been the one at fault.

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    Diatomaceous earth for the organic route, 5% sevin dust if you really want to knock them out.

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    I use sevin dust weekly since i noticed they were ripping through my garden pretty heavily. The rain will wash it away fairly quickly and they will be back before you know it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalMass View Post
    Diatomaceous earth for the organic route, 5% sevin dust if you really want to knock them out.
    +1 Diatomaceous earth.
    mix about a teaspoon in a squirt bottle with weather and lightly most plants. It dries leaving a fine film the wipes them out.

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    What about buying some praying Mantis's?

    A few yrs ago I got some. They helped out and were cool to watch. Most garden stores should sell them.

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    Go to Home Depot, Lowes or a garden center. Get 2 things. Horticultural spray oil and insect killing soap. I use Safer Brand soap it's potassium salts of fatty acids and I found it works the best. I don't remember the exact mixing amounts off the top of my head but I believe it's 6oz of soap and 1.25 oz of oil per gallon. It'll say it in the directions for aphid control on the label. One spraying is s about all you'll need. They'll be dead overnight. It's not as good as acetamiprid at killing them but acetamiprid is systemic and I'm sure you don't want to use that on vegetables you'll be eating later on.



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    Quote Originally Posted by notasheeple View Post
    What about buying some praying Mantis's?

    A few yrs ago I got some. They helped out and were cool to watch. Most garden stores should sell them.
    Wow, never heard of that. Which stores handle them, I might would be interested in getting some. I am sure the Mantis would kill other bugs as well. Hopefully mosquitos!

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    I believe it was an exterminator shop if I'm not mistaken. But they can also be purchased in bulk mail order. (The eggs didn't work for me, so I just got the grown ones.

    Side note: if you have kids order 500-1000 ladybugs and let your little one release them by hand. It was pretty cool.

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