Dish Detergent And Water Mixture To Kill Harmful Insects... - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Martha Kratz
Albany, NY
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Question by kittywrangle
June 6, 2001
What is the combination and proportions of dish detergent to water needed for insect control?

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2001
There are numerous home recipes for concoctions involving dish soap, typically a few drops to a spoonfull per gallon. I would strongly suggest testing this on a few leaves and waiting a few days to make sure there are no adverse effects before spraying the entire plant. You might also try a commercial brand of insecticidal soap, being careful to read and follow the label instructions. Again, I would still test it on a few leaves. To some extent, the effectiveness will depend on what you are trying to control, because soap is not effective on all pests.

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