Eco-pesticides You Can Make at Home

Eco-pesticides You Can Make at Home

There are dozens of chemical-laden pesticides on the market and it seems like slews of new brands come out every year. But there are plenty of better, gentler and more earth-friendly ways to naturally combat bugs and other pests in your garden. And they actually work! Check out these easy recipes you can whip up right in your own kitchen. Some of them target specific types of insects and some are a bit more general. With a little trial and error, you can easily figure out which natural pesticides work best in your garden.

Oil and soap pesticide:

For immature insects and eggs.
You will need:
• Unscented liquid dishwashing soap (not antibacterial)
• Cooking oil (vegetable, canola, corn or peanut oil, for example)
• Water
• Spray bottle

Measure out 1 tablespoon of the dishwashing soap, and 1 cup of the cooking oil and combine. You will want to add 2 ½ teaspoons of the mixture to every 1 cup of water you use to make your insecticide. After you add the water, pour your mixture into a spray bottle and spray directly on the affected plants. Make sure to target area where eggs are visible. Hint: check the undersides of the leaves.

Pepper and Garlic Pesticide:

This mixture may take a bit more time to prepare, but it’s well worth it – it has long-lasting effects and will keep away bugs you’ve gotten rid for an entire season.
You will need:
• Hot peppers of any variety
• Garlic cloves or diced onion
• Water
• Spray bottle
• Cooking pot

Chop up ½ cup of the hot peppers and prepare ½ cup of peeled garlic cloves (or ½ cup of diced onion). Measure out 2 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pot and steep them on the stove for 24 hours. Remove your mixture from the heat and place it in a sunny location for a full 24 hours. After a day has passed, strain your mixture and siphon it into a spray bottle. Spray your plants, especially targeting any location where bugs or eggs are visible.
Orange Peel Pesticide
Great for mealy bugs, aphids, fungus gnats and ants.

You will need:

• 1 Orange
• Castile soap
• Water
• Cooking pot
• Heat-safe container
• Spray bottle

Peel the orange and place the peelings in a heat-safe container. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and pour it into the container with the orange peels. Allow it to sit for 24 hours. After a day has passed, strain your mixture and add a few drops of the castile soap. Siphon into a spray bottle and spray your plants completely, focusing on the undersides of the leaves (bugs like to hide and lay eggs here).

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