Asked on Jun 18, 2013

DIY pesticide for tomato plant

CeliaDouglas HuntValerie


I have Aphids on my tomatoes and need to kill them. I don't want to use lots of chemicals. Is there a home remedy?
5 answers
  • Sheila owen
    on Jun 18, 2013

    I use a spray bottle with dawn liquid soap and use the works great:)

  • Joni Yuhas Fecher
    on Jun 18, 2013

    mix dish soap & water. Spray on plants.

  • Valerie
    on Jun 19, 2013

    I would agree that dish washing liquid, mixed in water, would be the ideal solution.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 19, 2013

    It is far better to use a commercial-but-organic insecticidal soap than a home brew. Commercial products are tested for their safe use on plants and the the soap in dish soap is actually too strong for many plants, stripping essential oils from the leaves.

  • Celia
    on Jun 19, 2013

    Thank you all for the responses. I actually got desperate enough to spray it with an ECO-Smart flying bug spray I already had access to. It looks like it helped. I've used the diluted dish soap spray on roses for spider mites before but didn't know it would work on aphids. I will keep this in mind if I see them again.

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