Marilyn said:Do you just add 3 teaspoons of the liquid dish soap and no water?
How often during the season should it be done? (spraying the infected plants)
bsavage said:Good tip, Boo!
What i do is.... Take my Qt sized, or pint sized spray bottle, fill it with water up to the 'neck'. squirt in the dish soap, shake it up. From what I was told, as long as you see 'suds' when shaken, you have enough soap. i have never measured.
Also, the 'soap spray' is a contact thing... the sudsy solution has to come in contact with said bugs to kill them. so it's not like it's a preventative measure. When i see the aphids, i run for the bottle and spray them. I will from time to time, just leave the bottle hanging on my chain link fence - as it got used to often.
I mostly use it on aphids and ants, when they get in the house in the summer.
Hope this helps,
SongofJoy said:We had a little discussion about what kinds of "soaps" to use. I have used several types, but some recommend only dish SOAP as opposed to any dish detergent. Dr. Bronner's makes pure castille soap in liquid and bar form. I have used that for a long time (the peppermint).
The only thing I would say is be careful of liquid detergents with too many grease cutters and additives. Check out the kind of liquid detergent you will use to make the spray if you go that route. I've had good success with some of them in the past (Dawn, Palmolive, Ivory). But companies sometimes change their detergent formulas and the high-powered, harsh detergents can strip plant oils and kill some plants.
I do like making insecticidal soap at home. Good frugal and useful tip.
SongofJoy said:Marilyn, I buy my Dr. B's soaps at Kroger's. You probably have that grocery chain somewhere near you? Maybe? I'm unsure exactly where Hebron is located. Health food and natural food stores usually carry it as well.
tarev, I've not tried adding the Tabasco. Good idea.