8 Recipes for Homemade Organic Insecticides
Growing an organic garden allows you to have tastier fruits and veggies, healthier meals, and to reduce pollutants in the environment. Go you! (You're pretty awesome!) Regardless of your reasons, you'll probably find that insects (and other pests) also love the taste of the fruits and veggies in your garden.
In order to have your organic vegetables make it through the season, you'll need to use some sort of pesticide. Luckily, you have tons of options at your disposal when it comes to keeping pests away while maintaining that special organic quality for your garden.
Try these recipes for environmentally friendly insecticides:
All-Purpose Garlic & Onion Spray
Garlic isn't just for warding off vampires! Garlic and onions are great for all-purpose pest control. To make this spray, you'll need:
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 onion, minced
- 4 cups of water
- 1 Tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Mix everything together and let it sit for about an hour. Strain the garlic and onion out, put the liquid in a spray bottle, and enjoy a bug-free zone.
This spray loses its potency after a few days, so make sure you use it right away. If you find that you're not using the entire mixture, just cut the recipe in half.
If you want to up the ante, add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper. This will increase the potency of the spray. Isn't cayenne pepper awesome for adding a bit of kick to everything?
Your garlic and onion spray will be one of your handiest defense against garden pests, but there are others that have a more specific purpose that you may be interested in (like insecticide specifically for ants or aphids.)
Mineral Oil Spray to Get Rid of Eggs & Larvae
Want to get rid of pests before they hatch? Try a mineral oil spray:
- 1 teaspoon of mineral oil
- 1 cup of water
You can mix the mineral oil and water right in the spray bottle. Shake and spray onto any plant you wish to treat.
This mixture will not only kill insects, but it will dry up any eggs bugs have laid. (Did I mention it's totally plant-friendly?)
Citrus Cayenne Spray (for Ants)
Add one teaspoon of citrus oil, one teaspoon cayenne pepper, and one cup of warm water to a spray bottle. Shake until well-mixed.
The spray is effective in getting rid of ants.
Get Rid of Bees & Wasps
Wasps and bees hate eucalyptus. Eucalyptus oil can be expensive, so put a few drops in the areas where the bees are "bugging" you.
If you can't get close enough to the area for fear of getting stung, just put the oil into a small spray bottle and add water. Shake this mixture and spray. Even though it's diluted, it should still do the trick and it's far better than getting stung!
Baking Soda (for Ants)
Baking soda really has too many household purposes for someone to not regularly have a million boxes on hand!
Sprinkle a bit of baking soda wherever you have ants that you want to get rid of.
Elder Leaves (Do NOT Consume)
Boil elder leaves (the more leaves, the more potent your mix) for half an hour. Strain out the elder leaves and add the remaining mixture to a sprayer. Spray this mixture in areas where you would like to repel aphids, midges, and cucumber beetles.
Do not consume this mixture. Keep elder leaves and your spray away from children. Elder leaves are poisonous.
Peel one orange and add the peels to two cups of water. Boil this and let it sit overnight. Add a 1/4 teaspoon of castille soap and stir. Strain out the orange peels and add the mixture to a spray bottle.
This will help you fight ants, aphids, and gnats.
Have Aphids? This Will Get Rid of Them!
Any mixture that contains cayenne, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, liquid dish soap, or rosemary as a main ingredient is the best defense against aphids.