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ButterflyGarden
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Bugs on Basil

There are these tiny green bugs on my basil. I want to get rid of them. I'd prefer not to use pesticide, but I will if it's the only way. any suggestions?

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The simplest way to get rid of the pests is to wash the plants with a stream of water. You'll have to do it every time the bugs, which are probably aphids, reappear.

If you want to use a spray, I recommend a soap solution. Mix 1 teaspoonful of good, pure liquid soap to 1 quart of water. Spray your plant with that 4 or 5 times at 7- to 10-day intervals.

Before you mix your solution, carefully read the label on whatever "soap" you choose. You want to be sure you have a soap and not a detergent. Detergents can burn the leaves.
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https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=18219 :wink:
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home made insect repellant/ pesticide

If you don't want to wait a month, you can make a less potent version:

Blend up onions, garlic, hot peppers, tomato leaves, and anything strong smelling and aromatic you have around (mint, tansy, tarragon, agastache, etc) with water. Let it sit for a few hours, strain and spray.

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Thanks! I'm going to try these great ideas.

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