How to Get Rid of White Bugs (Aphids, Whiteflies, Mites) on Basil Plants
Do you see some suspicious white specks appearing on the stem and leaves of your basil plant? There’s a good chance that these specks are garden pests that feed off the sap and leaves of the basil plant. The most common basil pests include aphids, whiteflies, and mites. Here are some ways to get rid of them naturally without using harmful chemicals.
Blast the Bugs Away with Water
Our first suggestion is to deliver a sharp stream of water at the foliage and stem of the plant. You want to wash away as much of the bugs as possible before exposing the leaves to any chemicals. The pressure of the stream should be enough to drown the bugs, but weak enough to not damage the foliage of the basil plant.
When doing so, make sure you pay special attention to the undersides of the basil leaves, which is where white bugs like aphids and mites like to hang out most of the time. This is also not a one-time job. We suggest spraying the plant repeatedly for several days. Make sure the soil of the plant also doesn’t get too clogged throughout the process.
An alternative solution would be to submerge the basil plant in a pot of water for about an hour or two then let the plant properly dry out. No, the submerging won’t have any adverse effects on the basil plant and suffocate it.
Sprinkle Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
This fine white powder is one of the most effective natural remedies when dealing with household pests. It can eliminate the white bugs on your basil plant by piercing the exoskeleton of soft-bodied insects like aphids, thrips, and mites.
We recommend dusting a very, very fine layer of food grade diatomaceous earth on the leaves of the basil plant. Give it a couple of days for the powder to work its magic. Make sure it doesn’t get too damp as this would negate the effects of the powder.
Leverage Natural Predators
If you have a backyard then there’s also a possibility where you can let nature take of the basil pest issue for you. There a lot of beneficial insects that will happily consume the white bugs without damaging the basil plants. The most popular option is the ladybug.
If you are growing the basil plant indoors, we suggest you leave it outside in a sunny spot for some time and see if that gradually reduces the amount of white bugs along the leaves of the basil plant.
Set Up Yellow Sticky Traps
If you are dealing with white flies then you may need to set up some additional measures to eliminate these bugs once and for all. One of the most affordable ways to get rid of white flies on basil plants is to use yellow sticky traps.
This is a non-toxic and weatherproof remedy where the flies will fly into the sticky surface and meet their demise. We suggest you to place a few of these yellow sticky traps within close proximity to the basil plant. By combining several of these methods, you should see a gradual decline in the number of white bugs on the basil plant.