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Home remedy for aphids spray for roses

Updated July 19, 2017

Aphids are tiny soft-bodied insects that frequently attack roses. They usually cluster around flower buds but can also be found on leaves. Gardeners can make their own spray to help rid their plants of this pest.

Types

Using soap or oil in a homemade insecticide is called a mechanical kill. It smothers aphids, unlike chemicals, which poison them.

Soap or Oil Spray

Mix 3 tbsp of dish soap with a gallon of water for small numbers of aphids. Alternatively, you can mix 1 tsp vegetable oil, 1 tsp dish soap and 1 cup of water for infested roses. Put in a sprayer and coat all plant surfaces twice a day until aphids are gone.

Warning

The addition of oil can make a spray coat a plant better, but it is important not to apply it during the heat of the day. To avoid leaf burn, only apply in early morning or evening.

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About the Author

Christine Lucas has been a freelance writer for four years and writes a parenting column for The Savannah Morning News called Rattled. Previously, her work has been on gardening. Lucas has written for "Lawn & Garden Retailer," "Southern Families," and "Georgia Gardening." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from the University of Delaware.