Gardeners actually know very well that there are certain bugs, which just won’t leave the plants alone even when the common pest sprays are applied.
The homemade pesticides are definitely the best alternatives for gardeners!
What’s more, this homemade pesticide does not harm your garden pets.
Also, it has a very easy method of preparation and is extremely effective in the elimination of the bothersome garden insects.
- Use garlic as a natural pesticide
Did you know that garlic can be used as an excellent economical, non-toxic pesticide for your garden? Thanks to its natural fungicidal and pesticidal properties, it can effectively control the pests.
Additionally, in order to achieve maximum efficacy in pest control, consider avoiding any chemical fertilizers as they are able to diminish the capacity of the essential garlic ingredients to fight pests.
Namely, white flies, aphids, termites, borers, ants, army worms, beetles, slugs, caterpillars, are some of the pests, which can be adequately controlled by using garlic.
Note: It is important to know that healthy soil will draw beneficial insects as well as work along with garlic to repel the bad insects. So, it is recommended to keep your soil healthy by using a lot of organic matter, keeping adequate drainage and your garden weed free.
- Use mint as a natural pesticide
Mint, i.e., spearmint and peppermint is actually known by its aromatic leaves, square stems, and refreshing flavor.
Even though mint may be grown from seed, it is also a good idea to buy small plants of your choice in order to get the variety you want.
Regardless of the variety you choose for planting around your veggies, you will actually reap benefits from its powerful pest repelling ability.
- Use red cayenne pepper as a natural pesticide
Luckily, the natural insecticides are non-toxic to humans and pets as well as safe for the environment. The red cayenne pepper is one of those natural insect deterrents.
Red pepper extracts are used in organic sprays and powders available at garden centres, but simple home methods can also provide the power of red pepper to your organic garden.
It is recommended by the Rodale’s Ultimate Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening that the red pepper spray or ground red pepper can be used as a broad-spectrum, organic treatment to get rid of a wide variety of insect pests, for instance: cabbage maggots, aphids, spider mites, and lace bugs.
In addition, according to the Rodale encyclopedia, the red pepper spray actually is most effective as a protection measure against flying insects that feed on flowers, leaves, and fruits.
Moreover, ground red pepper, also called cayenne pepper should be dusted around the plant stem base in order to thwart crawling pests that feed on seedlings, such as cutworms and cabbage maggots.
National Pesticide Information Centre reports that red pepper is usually marketed as a deterrent when it comes to various pests that eat or damage shrubs, smaller plants and trees, and also those, which break into outbuildings and garbage cans. Also, powder and spray formulas address the following garden foes: rabbits, cats, rodents, deer, dogs, raccoons, skunks, and even bears.
It is considered that the red pepper works in mammals by irritating their lungs and skin. But, according to the NPIC, they actually repel rather than harm or kill most animals, even though some rodents experience respiratory damage or even death at certain doses in laboratory testing.
A natural homemade garden insect spray recipe:
- 3 cups of mint stems and leaves
- 2 garlic heads (their cloves should be separated and peeled)
- 2 small squirts of eco-friendly dishwashing liquid
- 2 tsp. of dry red cayenne pepper
Start by pulsing the pre-prepared garlic and mint in a food processor for a few seconds.
The next thing you should do is to transfer the mixture to a pot of 12 cups of water, i.e., 2.8 litres and then add the cayenne pepper.
You should bring it to a boil, then remove it from heat, and leave it overnight.
Finally, strain it into spray bottles and add the 2 squirts of dishwashing liquid and shake it to mix in.
It is advisable to shake the spray container well before every use. Be careful to not burn the plants, so spray it on a cloudy day or in the early morning or late evening. Namely, spray all the leaves of the affected plants, on their top as well as reverse side.
Then, wait for a few days to see the effect and you can then apply more if it is needed.
Once you sprayed the plants you should see the difference in your garden’s health and progress.
But, the plants will be looking as good as new after about a month and 2 more applications of the spray.
As mentioned previously, this natural spray is actually safe for the whole garden, so you will not hurt any of your lovely herbs and bushes!