How to Kill Aphids: Top 6 Ways

Aphids are one of the most widespread garden pests – killing plants and annoying gardeners from New England to Southern California. While you always have the option of reaching for chemical pesticides, there are other cheaper and less harmful ways to control aphid populations. Check out our top six tips!

detergent

Dishwashing Detergent

Materials
900 ml water
50 ml dishwashing detergent (citrus variants work best)
50 ml cooking oil

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly onto aphids. Makes one liter.

Hot Sauce

Materials
900 ml water
50 ml dishwashing detergent (citrus variants work best)
50 ml hot sauce

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly onto aphids. Makes one liter.

lemon-juice

Lemon Juice

Materials
1 liter water
The juice of two whole lemons

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly onto aphids. Makes one liter.

Garlic

Materials
900 ml water
50 ml dishwashing detergent (citrus variants work best)
2 cloves of garlic

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Directions
Crush and mince the garlic until very fine. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly on to aphids. Makes one liter.

Vinegar

Materials
900 ml water
50 ml dishwashing detergent (citrus variants work best)
50 ml vinegar

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly on to aphids. Makes one liter.

orange-juice

Powdered Orange Juice Drink

Materials
1 liter water
200 grams powdered orange juice drink

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray directly on to aphids. Makes one liter.

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