Greenista Girl Shubhra uses the soapy water to get rid of the mealybugs (woolly aphids) that come after her guava and lime trees.

Stop Buggin’ Me: DIY Pest Spray

Eeeeek! And you thought gardening was supposed to be a relaxing activity. Don’t worry…there is a way to get rid of those bugs without spraying harsh chemicals all over your fruits, veggies, and flowers. All you need is a spray bottle, water, and your eco-friendly dishwashing liquid. Fill up your spray bottle half-way with tap water. Add a few drops of your dishwashing liquid and shake it all up. The mixture should be soapy, bubbly water. Don’t add too much dishwashing liquid – just drop by drop until it is soapy. Spray the plants and leaves daily, or until the bugs disappear…don’t forget to spray the underside of the leaves also. The soapy water irritates and dehydrates bugs without harming your plants. Good riddance!
Written by Greenista Girl Shubhra

Photos by Brianne DiSylvester

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