Sprouting Aphids

Sonja Wieck

A Denver area triathlete enjoying every day of swim bike run. Mom to Annie, wife to Troy, and guide to a few brave athletes, I'm always in search of the next adventure.

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  1. Heather says:

    I have used regular dish soap like Dawn in very, very, small amounts- like barely a 1/4 pump in a squirt bottle and it gets rid of aphids on contact. Of course you have to rinse the leaves very well when done, or else the sunlight can scorch them- not to mention you don’t want Dawn on your basil. I have usually only used this though with roses, not on herbs. So take it for what its worth.

    Or try your soap again and make sure you get the tops and the bottoms of the leaves. From my experience, you really have to soak the leaves to kill the aphids if it isn’t regular dish soap.

    Finally, I have read that another liquid soap, Dr. Brown’s works really really well, but I haven’t tried it myself.

    HTH- your sprouts look great!

  2. Laura says:

    Yumm, sprouts. The only thing I have used for Aphids is Safer brand insecticidal soap, and it works great. I think home remedies are even better, but maybe as a last resort you could try it! Ladybugs are natural aphid-eaters, but I guess you don’t want them buzzing around your place. That could get really interesting.

  3. Sonja says:

    Okay, so the heavy dousing of soapy water and the cold seems to have worked. Now the poor little plant just needs to recover from the trauma!
    If they come back I will check out the insecticidal soap, and the Dr. Brown’s.
    Thanks so much for the tips. This gardening thing can be traumatic!

  4. Julie says:

    Howdy lady! So glad you’re adventuring into gardening, one of my favorite topics ;) If the aphids come back (oh, they will come back!), try doing a bit harder blast of water–like with the spray bottle on it’s hardest-spraying setting.

    Aphids are so dumb that if they fall off the plant, they can’t figure out how to get back on. And if you do decide to go the insecticidal soap route, please do read the label–some “insecticidal soaps” are just like what you made with your dish-soap, and some have pesticides in them that I wouldn’t put on my food…

    Just wait, when it warms up, the lady bugs will come and you can set that basil outside–the lady bugs will have a feast and your aphids will be history.

    Miss you and your darling little girl who is not that little any more!!!

    :) Julie

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