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White fly on greens and aphid on lupin and scabiosa

Anyone got any DIY hints on minimising the strange tiny white flys in greens in the veg patch, would appear I still have then even in winter. Also aphid or greenfly on lupin and scabiosa. I seem to recall my dear grandad spraying washing up liquid water but can't remember what this was meant to cure. Any hints and fit tips for safe pesticides. I have a dog so need to watch what chemicals we use.


  • Fit tips = DIY tips. Seems I can't spell when it gets late. Apologies!
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,384

    RHS advice on whitefly:

    Spraying with water containing a few drops of washing up liquid will help keep most aphids under control although you will need do it regularly.  Lupin aphid is a distinct species and can be very stubborn, so an organic bug spray may be needed to clear those:


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  • Kenc3Kenc3 Posts: 9

    I would recommend spraying neem oil on the plants. I searched everywhere for the best way to get rid of these pests and I found that neem oil worked the best. Dont forget to spay the soil though as this is where the eggs are laid. Soapy water would also work fairly well as long as you sprayed the area regularly. However I dont think this will kill the eggs, only the adult flies. Hope this helps.

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