2 Essential Oils Recipes To Stop Aphid Infestation

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 08:50 pm

Very often, we associate essential oils with human health. However, they can also be useful in the garden or vegetable garden. Indeed, plants also suffer from fungal diseases and they can be the prey of various pests and harmful mites (white flies or whiteflies, beetles, mealy bugs, grubs …). Among these undesirable pests, aphids can be easily repelled with the right species. Friend gardener, discover quickly how to fight a big infestation of aphids with a recipe with essential oils. You’ll soon forget about garden center chemicals to fight this proliferation on your beloved plants!

Two anti-aphid recipes with essential oils

Peppermint in the spotlight against these bugs!
Peppermint essential oil is ideal for fighting insect pests. To do this, mix 20 drops with 3 or 4 drops of dishwashing liquid. Then, gently dilute this mixture in a glass of water. In another container, prepare a clay milk. To do this, add 1 teaspoon of clay to 1 liter of rainwater. Once this is done, pour your two preparations into a sprayer to spray on the plant.

A more sophisticated recipe with several plant essences

2 Essential Oils Recipes To Stop Aphid Infestation

Other insecticidal essential oils can be used for aphid control, both for the repellent and treating effect. This includes garlic, sage, lavender, rue officinale and rose geranium essential oils, for example. Here is a synergy to be made in a glass spray bottle: 10 drops of rose geranium essential oil, 5 drops of petit grain bigarade and 5 drops of peppermint and 20 drops of rapeseed oil (or in a pinch another vegetable oil such as olive oil, sunflower oil). Then add 1 liter of water and 1 to 2 drops of liquid black soap or dishwashing liquid to dilute the mixture. Finally, take care to shake strongly and then spray on the plants to be treated.

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Are these essential oil recipes for aphids right for you?

Essential oils contain powerful active ingredients and should not be used lightly. Very concentrated, the solution to be vaporized is thus rather advised for the plants very affected by the aphids or to eradicate a very tenacious infestation. Many repellent or treating solutions can be considered before using essential oils to treat the foliage of fruit trees or the stems of roses:

-Use of aphid repellent insects, especially ladybug larvae (biological control is very effective!)
-Black soap (a natural insecticide), dishwashing liquid or Marseille soap diluted in a water sprayer
-Nettle manure (fertilizer and preventive treatment) or fern fronds
-Decoction of garlic or wormwood
-Rhubarb leaf maceration or macerate brown tobacco


Also remember to eliminate ant colonies. These small insects collaborate with aphids and breed them to collect their honeydew. If nothing works on your infested plantations and you don’t know how to control aphid colonies, then this remedy will save the day for you!


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