Re: [CH] Aphids

Robert Farr, Chile Man (
Wed, 06 May 1998 07:53:28 -0500

For aphid control, I use an insecticidal soap spray in combination with 
a garlic and hot pepper spray (different bottles; applied on consecutive 

Take 3 oz. of garlic.  Pulverize.  Soak in a couple tablespoons of 
mineral oil for at least a day (I usually do two).  Add a hot pepper or 
two, or some chile powder.  Puree.  Strain.  Pour into a pint of warm 
water.  Get a spray bottle.  Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of this diluted 
mixture per pint of water.  Add a drop or two of dish soap - watch out! 
for anti-bacterial soap.  It will dry up your chile leaves.  Use Dove or 
Ivory or some other regular dish soap.  As usual, try this on only a few 
leaves.  Wait a couple days.  If no damage, spray away.

I'd appreciate hearing about more aphid cures.  But this has (finally) 
started to work for me.