How to Control Whiteflies in Your Yard Without Pesticides

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Update. So, I’ve looked up some more on detergents on your lawn. You want to make sure you use just the tiniest amount of Ariel and lots of water or you can kill your lawn. Mine looks fine so I must have used enough water. I would also recommend doing before a rain. And again try to go very light on the soap application. For me, I had tried everything I could think of and nothing worked so I bought a big bag of Sevin but could not bring myself to use it. I thought finding this detergent that worked on all my problem pests was my miracle answer. OH, and don’t apply in the heat of the day, you want to apply it in the early morning or late evening.

The holes in my plants might not be due to whiteflies, but I can for certain say my yard was infested with whiteflies. After this treatment, the whiteflies were gone and whatever was eating holes in my plants was also gone. So this mixture works on more than just whiteflies.

One of my favorite pastimes is using something for a different purpose than it was intended. This idea uses laundry detergent as pest control. I have been fighting whiteflies in my yard ever since I moved into my new house. I had never seen bushes with every leaf full of holes before. We had a pest control company but it took me a year to realize they didn’t handle the whiteflies and whatever else was eating my bushes and shrubs. Now this isn’t a one and done treatment but it is the only thing that has worked for me. I go around about once a week and do the landscaping beds and I’ve only done the yard once this spring/summer and it is keeping them at bay.

All my bushes were covered with these holes. Talk about Swiss Cheese!

Somewhere on the internet, someone mentioned they used Ariel laundry detergent for pest control in their yard. I couldn’t find the info. I did find a link with the Colorado government (I think) giving directions on how to use it for pest control but the link was broken. So, I just have been winging it.

I’m using a spot shaker for fertilizer to apply it to my yard in this tutorial. I have also mixed it with water and used a hand sprayer and a backpack sprayer to apply it to my bushes and plants. All of these methods work great.

It couldn’t be easier. Fill the Spot Shaker, shake it all over your grass and bushes, then water it in. It smells delightful.

I really like the hand shaker but you can also use a broadcast spreader to apply it to your grass.

I’ve watered it in both by hand sprayer and by sprinkler attachment and either way works.

My bushes don’t look like Swiss Cheese anymore.

My azaleas have exploded with new growth and I don’t see the whiteflies when I walk through the grass.

Have you heard of using Ariel laundry detergent for controlling garden pests?

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  • Merelyn sale Merelyn sale on Jun 28, 2022

    Would this work on squash bugs? Also those Japanese Beattles?

  • L.E. & Company L.E. & Company on Jun 29, 2022

    Does any detergent work or just this brand?

  • Judith Judith on Jun 29, 2022

    What are white flies? In my area, wasps eat holes in leaves.

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  • Donna Bates Donna Bates on Jun 28, 2022

    Omg your garden looks like mine and I hate the Swiss cheese look! My plants in pots too look like Swiss cheese due to the lubbers and other bugs. Also I hate walking into my lawn cause I get bit. I’m definitely trying this!!! Thank You for sharing!!

    • Stacy Davis Stacy Davis on Jun 28, 2022

      I think it will help! It did wonders for my poor Swiss Cheese plants.

  • Merelyn sale Merelyn sale on Jun 30, 2022

    Thank your for the Squash bug spray mix idea