How To Make Your Own Natural Pesticide Without Using A Single Chemical
If you are a gardener you know how annoying ants, termites, slugs and other pests can be. Whether you garden indoors or outdoors, you want to protect your plants so they can flourish.
Chemical pesticides have many drawbacks for the environment, your pets and you. Pesticide spraying and residue can cause problems for you such as immediate eye, skin or breathing irritation, and even more dangerous effects over time and continued use. Some chemical pesticides contain cancer-causing carcinogens, and others affect hormones and the endocrine system. What if you could bypass that risk – and expense – all together by making your own natural pesticides?
Natural pesticides use common ingredients that are easily accessible. Here are a few of the best:
Tobacco Spray – Tobacco has long been used as a natural pesticide because the nicotine in it kills many kinds of pests, including aphids, caterpillars, beetles, potato bugs, and even some fungi. It should not be used on tomatoes, peppers, or eggplants but is safe on most things in your garden. It’s also quite easy to make. Simply soak organic tobacco in water overnight. Some suggest boiling it is also effective and that the heat helps to release the nicotine. The water should be light brown, so if it becomes dark you can add more water to it. You can “paint” the leaves of your plants or spray the water on plants to discourage most pests.
Diatomaceous Earth and Chili Pepper – 1 cup Diatomaceous Earth mixed with powdered dried chili peppers and 2 liters of water and allowed to sit overnight makes an effective spray for outdoor plants. The chili pepper will also repel cats and rabbits from your garden.
Garlic, Onion & Chili Peper Spray – This is one you can make cheaply with things already in your kitchen. It should be refrigerated and is good for a week. It takes one garlic bulb and one small onion, finely chopped, one teaspoon of chili powder and a quart of water. Steep the mixture for an hour, strain the mixture and add a tablespoon of dish soap to the water. You can coat your indoor plants with this to keep your cats from bothering the plants and it will also repel pests.
Orange Oil Water – You can buy commercially prepared orange essential oils and add to water, or you can save orange rinds and boil them in water to make your own infused water. Add a tablespoon of castile soap or dish soap. Simply spray your plants and repel pests while also making your home smell nice.