Natural Pest Control For Pepper Plants

This article will tell you how to control pests in your pepper plants. This guide will focus on natural methods of pest control and many tips from years of experience.  It is a fact that pepper plants are particularly sensitive to most insecticides, so the best method for you is usually to go for organic pesticides or beneficial insects. Pest attack can eventually kill your pepper plant if it’s not controlled early enough. Identifying the type of pests on your pepper plants should enable you to decide the best way to control them. Finding the right insecticide for pepper plant pests is important because they love to eat your peppers and can defoliate your plants and even kill them. To ensure that you kill the right pepper plant bugs, you need to know what organically effective pepper plants insecticides work best and most importantly, which ones not to use because they can be dangerous to your health as well as harming your plants.

Natural Pest Control For Pepper Plants


To protect your pepper plants, it’s best to use a strong spray of water to knock off aphids as soon as you notice them on the leaves. You can also use neem oil or insecticidal soap as an active treatment for killing the pests. If you want to prevent aphids from becoming a problem in the first place, try spraying your pepper plant with a solution of insecticidal soap or neem oil once every few weeks during peak season (typically May through September). Another option is planting marigolds at the base of your pepper plants—these flowers are known for keeping away many pests due to their strong fragrance and bright colors.

Slugs and snails

Snails and slugs can be a frustrating pest to have at your home. These small, slimy creatures are known to eat all kinds of garden plants including pepper plants. The good news is that you can use beer as a natural way to kill these pests!

To kill slugs and snails with beer:

  • Put out shallow dishes of stale beer around the area where you see them crawling about. Slugs and snails love the taste of beer so much that they will fall into it in their search for more! Once they fall into the dish, they will drown and die within a few hours or days (depending on how much alcohol was in the beer).
  • If there are many slugs or snails in one area, try putting out multiple shallow dishes spaced apart from each other so that each slug/snail goes through several different dishes before reaching an empty one; this will increase their chance of drowning before they reach another dish filled with delicious-looking liquid food substances such as ‘cider’ or ‘tea’. 3


Earwig traps are easy to make, but they’re not something you want your children or pets to be playing with.

To make an earwig trap:

Take a small plastic container and punch holes in the lid with a hammer drill. The holes should be large enough for an earwig to fit through but too small for other insects (such as ants). Fill the container with water and put it on top of soil in your garden where you know there are earwigs. Consider using several containers near each other if you have a large patch of ground that needs protection from these pests! Use duct tape or another sticky substance on the bottom of each container so that any creatures who fall into it cannot climb out again without assistance from you first! Check these traps regularly so you can release any trapped earwigs into their natural habitat away from pepper plants!


  • Use insecticidal soap to kill whiteflies.
  • Sticky traps are another great option for getting rid of them, as they trap the insects and prevent them from flying, but they can also be used to monitor populations in your garden.

Pepper maggots

Pepper maggots are the larvae of a fly and resemble white, worm-like grubs. They’re often found around the roots or in the soil. If you notice some white curling worms, it’s likely pepper maggots. While they’re not harmful to humans, they can cause significant damage to your pepper plant’s root system and stunt its growth if left unchecked.

To prevent this pest from wreaking havoc on your pepper plants:

  • Keep your garden clean by removing any dead leaves, branches or weeds that may serve as an attractant for flies;
  • Monitor your plants regularly for signs of infestation; and
  • Plant mint around them to repel pests

Tomato hornworms

Tomato hornworms are large, green caterpillars with a black or white stripe down their backs. They can grow up to four inches long and feed on the tops of pepper plants. Handpicking them off your plants will help keep their population in check; however, if you’re growing peppers in an area where they’re not native (such as Florida), hand picking may not be enough to control hornworm populations.

To control tomato hornworms on your plants, you can use beneficial nematodes which are microscopic organisms that attack the eggs of pests such as tomato hornworms and other caterpillars.

Flea beetles

Flea beetles are a common pest on pepper plants, and will cause damage to the plant’s leaves and stems. These pests are easy to spot because they are small (1/8 of an inch) and have a metallic green body with black legs. Flea beetles can be found feeding on the underside of the leaves in large groups, leaving skeletonized patterns behind them. They prefer to feed on older growth, so it is important not let your peppers go unharvested for too long. If you notice any signs of flea beetle infestation on your pepper plants, there are several effective methods for controlling them:

  • Hand pick any beetles that you see as soon as possible
  • Spray with an insecticidal soap spray or neem oil spray

Watch out for these pests, and treat them naturally.

There are a number of pests that can attack pepper plants.

❏ Aphids are tiny, pear-shaped insects that feed on the stems and leaves of pepper plants. You may see ants in your garden around aphids because they secrete a sticky substance called honeydew, which ants like to eat. To treat aphids, use a mixture of neem oil (insecticidal soap) and water sprayed directly onto the pests. This will kill them within hours.

Alternatively, you can spray neem oil mixed with water directly onto your pepper plant once every 2 weeks from May through September to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place! Neem oil doesn’t just kill aphids—it also works against spider mites and whiteflies as well!

❏ The Colorado potato beetle is another common pest in our gardens here in Pennsylvania that loves eating potatoes but has been known to attack many other crops too including peppers so it’s important we keep an eye out for these guys! If you spot beetles feeding on leaves or flowers there’s no need for pesticides since this natural insecticide will work wonders: mix equal parts molasses sugar water together until dissolved then add 1 tsp cinnamon powder (or clove powder), shake well before applying mixture evenly over plants every 7 days throughout June when beetles start hatching out until mid August when temperatures begin dropping again after which point spraying should stop completely if not earlier due to risk of burning foliage if left too late into summer season!

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