How to Make a simple Organic Insecticide Spray (Aphids, Blackfly, Whitefly etc)

How to Make a simple Organic Insecticide Spray (Aphids, Blackfly, Whitefly etc)

Hi there welcome to HuwsNursery and here is
another video in the pests and disease series, and we have like most years a bit of a problem
with aphids so I’m going to show you a really easy way just to make a spray – insecticide
or something, that you spray onto your plants and it kills off the aphids which is good.
Now there are many ways of getting rid of aphids and i will show you another way just
using tomato leaves but i’ll hopefully do that a bit later on. so you just want about
500ml of water which is half a litre, just under a pint, I don’t know how many quarts
it is, but I will tell you down below. Now you want per 500ml of water you want to add
about a tablespoon of soap. Now the soap you use is important, I use Ecover which is an
organic soap and it doesn’t have any chemicals in. now if you use like a detergent it that
has chemicals in and you don’t want that to be added into your organic garden. So just
mix that in, like that, and then the reason why you put in the soap after not before is
because you get loads and loads of bubbles. Now just simply fill this up. Yeah, there’s
the bubbles. So, now lets apply this to the plants. so luckily we haven’t had too many
aphids today or this growing season at all but this is a tomato plant and aphids love
it. Now aphids they’re about 1 tenth of an inch long fully grown and ants like to milk
them for their sort of milk that they make and use them as a food, so, and aphids like
to eat the pollen, well sap. so when you’re just going to spray your plant if you have
a pump spray it’s going to be much easier but you want to just go round, like this,
spraying all the top of the leaves and don’t forget the stem because remember the stem
is the main motorway for these pests. so after you’ve done that you then want to go underneath
and spray all the underneath of the plant, like that, and that will make sure that you
get both ends of the plant so aphids are not going to get away with eating your plants
that quickly. Another thing you can do is to get a really strong hose of water and spray
it on. Now I do have quite a big problem with that because it wastes water and I just think
that if you use lots of water, waste enough to spray aphids, it’s a waste of time. Now
if you do use that it will make all the aphids fall to the floor and what I would do is paint
on a bit of honey at the stem to stop aphids climbing back up. And yeah so that is a really
simple and easy way how to make a spray for aphids and other things don’t like it like
blackfly and whitefly for example. So I hoped you enjoyed that quick video and I will see
you again very soon with another one.

83 Replies to “How to Make a simple Organic Insecticide Spray (Aphids, Blackfly, Whitefly etc)”

  1. This is a great video! Some sprayers won't spray upside down so I just bend the stem ever so slightly to expose the underside of the plant.

  2. Please keep a card near the mug indicating the name and volume of the additive. I guess you are using organic soap in this case. Thanks

  3. Great video and exactly what I needed to find. Thanks for taking the time to explain measures and which soap to use.

  4. Yes as long as it's organic based, just grate it up, stir into water, and rub on the affected leaves, thanks!

  5. its safe to use soap on vegetable ?????
    or do you have another option for soap ?????
    please suggest.
    one more thing my plants are growing very slowly. what should be done to induce the plant growth…..

  6. Hi I love your videos was wondering if you have any information about those dreaded white butterfly (moths) that are destroying my cabbages this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated 🙂

  7. Yes I know what you mean, they are called Cabbage White butterflies and there aren't many ways of protecting your cabbages but what you can do is put a net over it as soon as you've planted it out and make sure there are no holes a butterfly could get through, also if you are infested you would have to collect them by hand (arrange a party) and feed them to some ducks! Thanks for watching 🙂

  8. Typically what I do to keep my Aphids down is release lady bugs into my garden.  They do a great job keeping the pests down!  I released them two years in a row and I guess they are happy enough in my garden because they keep coming back 😉

  9. Anyone hear of farmers in India using Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola as insecticide?  I've heard of mixing white flour and powdered sugar to sprinkle on damp leaves. Bugs will eat the sugar along with the flour. They can't digest flour.  Also diatomaceous clay. It is a microscopic abrasive. It cleans the human intestines, but tears up the bugs guts.
    He mentioned tomato juice, but didn't use it in his mixture.  So liquid soap (hand soap?) and water kills aphids?

  10. Here in Bristol in the UK I get serious issues with black flies on my beans every year I will give this a try this year thanks for the upload 🙂

  11. I just made this according to the instructions, sprayed it, and my black fly are history. Thank you!

  12. Great video, thanks. I found a way to create an aphid spray without using soap, check it out below. I was growing lettuce via an aquaponic farm, 400 heads per week. I couldn't spray because the spray taste was awful, including on OMRI listed, safe up to the day of harvest, sprays. I tried vegetable oil and Dr. Bronner's soap………….worked, but again tasted horrible. At the time, I couldn't get just olive oil to emulsify into water for a just olive oil spray…………..then I learned about ultrasonic emulsions.

    I launched a Kickstarter project to bring these new Edible sprays to market……….ie, they work, AND, they are made with food so they are Edible (no soap) AND, they actually taste good if you can detect any residue at all. The base is just olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and a spicy mix adds in some essential oils, Peppermint, rosemary, garlic etc. and some spices, turmeric, cinnamon, clove. Check out the reasons why and how, and Please, back the Kickstarter so that this entirely new, safe, edible, solution can be made available for all of us growing food without poisons.

  13. Thanks for the video. Here is another new spray for aphid control made using Edible food ingredients like Olive oil. So this is an organic method. The new emulsification method does NOT use soap, so the sprays are made with food and actually taste good and are safe to eat. Basically a vinaigrette:

  14. Whiteflies are really a big problem, specially on tomato plants. I use neem oil, water n soap mixed homemade spray. For hibiscus I use baking soda mix too.

  15. i am 66 and since i was a kid, i have just squirted some dish soap in a bucket and filled it up with water then handed all over my roses. use my hands so i can lift up the leaves and get suds all over. instantly they fall off and stay gone. my big problem is spider mites on my rosemary, mint, catnip and lavender. rosemary always dies off from this but never until this year did i have an issue with lavender, catnip and mint. other videos say spray with water! well crap! one does this already everyday… duh
    that does not work and it's insane to put pestside on! we eat the stuff and it will kill Cats! idiotsy… my catnip plants were huge, my Cat just layed on it and took naps.
    then i had to cut it all away. didn't want him napping on spiders! very upset about my herbs as well. the soap trick is a no if it is something to be eaten as well. ????

  16. Will this work and be safe for whitefly in spinach? I don't think I can get any organic dish soap where I live. Just want to know if the spinach will be safe to eat. My issue is with the Whitefly eggs. Thanks!

  17. you do a pretty good job with your videos. Just concentrate on making the presentation as simple as possible. people learn better if you keep it simplistic. excuse me I meant simple keep up the good work

  18. i just sprayed my tomatoes with kitchen anti bac spray and fairy liquid dish soap mixed with half litre of water, …….will i kill my plants? i used about a tbsp of each so not strong but fear ive just killed more than i should…

  19. if you add neem and/or rosemary oil, you will get a lot better control. If you are going to bother mixing up and spraying, you might as well get better control and coverage.

  20. use canola oil and Dawn soap. use a little bit and if your plants still look good then bump up the amount and spray again


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  23. whitefiies are really caused a big problem our vegetable crop ,specially family solanacea and malvacea plant, I use neem oil, water and soap mixed home ade spray it.

  24. I have indoor plants and not edible which is way effective to use bonner soap or dish soap to make sure my plant will be safe. Most of my plant who have it are my peace lily and they keep dying

  25. I've killed thousands of Squash Bugs with dish liquid and a hose end sprayer. Had them on my squash and in a play house by the thousands. Next day?  T*Ts up babe!! Ya gotta get it on them.

  26. I use a mixture of Organic cold pressed Neem Oil, Sal Suds plus a few drops of peppermint & citronella essential oils. I spray in the evening and my vegetables & roses look amazing. My rose bush was COVERED w Aphids until I used this. Also, some ants farm Aphids so you can make a bait trap with borax + sugar or peanut butter to take care of two pests. Good luck.

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  29. You are the answer to my prayers. I have a kitchen windowsill garden for herbs and every year the aphids absolutely destroy my basil, my peppers, my chilies, my tomatoes and half my useful herbs. Hopefully with this spray I can now grow my basil again. One question, I heard a suggestion some time back that you can use essential oils to help keep bugs off your plants. Is there a safe way to add essential oils to this solution without burning the plants?

  30. Sorry dude you've got it all wrong. It's fatty acids suspended in water NOT, I repeat NOT soap of any description. The fatty acid breaks the cohesive tension of water and floods the spiracles (breathing holes on aphids).
    Do not make an insecticide at home, even using things in your kitchen… It's illegal.
    Sorry to be the one to piss your bonfire, but it needs saying.

  31. Add a bit of borax, not too much as it is toxic to plants too.
    You also need to stop the ants if a tree. Put a double sided sticky band, then put something slimy on the band like vicks rub.
    Anything else you can suggest for the ants.

  32. I bought a chilli plant and it's covered in aphids only after a few days on my widow sill. Will try this, thanks!

  33. Haven't got any of that soap but we live in rural France and have to use "friendly" dishwasher tablets….so I shall use one of those, disolved in a couple of litres of water. I shall report back.

  34. I've used Washing up liquid ( a good squirt ) Vit C powder ( a teaspoon ) and white vinegar ( a good squirt ) mixed into warm water and spray the living s**t out of everything…Works, don't know why, it just works!!

  35. Hi Huw , is that E. liquid hand soap or E. washing up liquid ? I have greenflies on my lovely lemon scented geranium right now that I want to get rid of . Thanks in advance for great tip ! 🙂

  36. does it effect 2 spotted red mites or it's predator phytoseiulus ? cause i'm rising them and i have a white-fly problem @ the same time

  37. Because the company says they are a natural soap ….. that doesn’t mean you have to take their word for it! THEY ARE SELLING THAT PRODUCT! The only natural soap is the one you make. Marseille soap is 72% olive oil and the rest is soda! ….. today they sell Marseille soaps in stores ….. but it is an cheap, toxic imitation of the real thing, just like all supermarket products. Look at how Ewg rates soaps:

  38. Hey Huw how is it going, thank you so much bro ,and i hope that it kills other insects too,again thanks mate.

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