Re: [CH] Aphids

The Old Bear (
Sun, 10 May 1998 13:24:25 -0400

In Chile-Heads Digest, v.4 #408, Robert Farr, Chile Man wrote:

>Date: Wed, 06 May 1998 07:53:28 -0500
>From: "Robert Farr, Chile Man" <>
>Subject: Re: [CH] Aphids
>For aphid control, I use an insecticidal soap spray in combination 
>with a garlic and hot pepper spray (different bottles; applied on 
>consecutive days). . . .
>I'd appreciate hearing about more aphid cures.  But this has (finally) 
>started to work for me.

The soap-and-pepper spray is a well-known aphid cure.  I first was 
introduced to it in the 1960s by a woman who had been using it 
very successfully for many years.

I have been told that it works on a very simple principle:

     1.  The soap makes the leaves slippery.

     2.  The pepper makes the aphids sneeze.

     3.  When the aphids sneeze, they lose their balance 
         on the slippery leaves and are killed when they fall.

There may be some other theories, but I kind of like this one.   :)

The Old Bear