Pests and insects are a green thumb’s worst nightmare. Be one step ahead with some of the best organic insecticides that use things you can easily find at home or in the corner store.
DIY Organic Insecticides You Can Make Using Common Household Ingredients
Chili peppers not only add some spice to your dishes but also help keep household pests at bay. Mix a couple of handfuls of crushed chili peppers with some water and mild soap and place the liquid inside a spray bottle.
This natural Castile soap can do more than making sure you and your dishes are squeaky clean. An insecticide made out of this soap strips off the pests’ protective coating, causing them to dry up and die.
You don’t even need much soap – all you need are a few tablespoons of soap for every gallon of water.
To make a neem oil insecticide, add 2 teaspoons of neem oil and a teaspoon of mild soap to a spray bottle filled with water. Shake it thoroughly and spray all over your leaves
Despite its pungent odor, it’s very safe for all types of plants and wildlife.
Garlic’s signature odor is the key to this natural insect repellent.
- Take two 2 garlic bulbs and puree them in your food processor with some water.
- Leave the puree to sit overnight.
- Strain the garlic puree and add a teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 quart of water.
Once done, spray this natural pesticide on your plants to stop them in their tracks.
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5. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil not only gives off a fresh, calming smell to your garden but is also an effective deterrent to those pesky wasps. Just splash some oil in places where the insects congregate and next thing you know, you’ll have a bug-free garden.
6. Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Chrysanthemums flowers are rich in a chemical called pyrethrin, which affects an insect’s nervous system without harming other mammals and birds. Just boil some flowers in some water, strain it out, and spray when needed.
Combine 2 tablespoons of salt with a gallon of warm water and spray all over the place. Salt both deters pests from feasting on your leaves and helps your plants absorb nutrients in the soil that promote their growth.
8. Cayenne Pepper and Citrus Oil
This is especially effective to fight off an ant infestation. Mix 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper with 10 drops of citrus oil in a bottle then spray on affected surfaces.
As harmful it is to humans, it is also effective on pests. Mix 1 cup of all-organic tobacco to 1 gallon of water. Let it sit overnight until the color turns to light brown.
This can be used on plants but be careful not to use it on eggplants, peppers, or any plant in the solanaceous family.
Want to learn how to make an all-natural insecticide for your vegetable garden? Check this Ehow tutorial:
You don’t need to rely on so many chemicals that could be harmful to your plants. All these organic insecticides are not only simple to do but safe for the entire family.
How do you kill off your garden pests? Let us know in the comments section below!
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