3 DIY Nontoxic Garden Pest Sprays
There are many ways to use garlic, onions, strong-smelling roots, and spices for killing and repelling garden pests. These ingredients have been used as repellents successfully for years.
The smell of garlic is very repellent for garden pests.
1 head garlic
2 cups boiling water
Peel and mash the garlic. Place it in a pint mason jar and cover with boiling water. Screw on the lid and let set overnight. Strain. Place 1cup in a spray bottle with 1 additional cup of water. Spray on infested areas. Freeze the rest for another time.
Makes 4 cups spray
Soap is used here as an insecticide. It kills pests by dehydrating them.
1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap (real soap, not detergent)
1 gallon water
Be sure not to use more than 2 tablespoons soap; too much can kill the leaves. Combine the ingredients in a pail. Transfer 2 cups to a spray bottle. Spray infested areas.
Makes 1 gallon
Peppermint Soapy Spray Variation: Use liquid castile soap with peppermint. Peppermint is a pest repellent in its own right.
Neem oil, a gum extracted from an evergreen tree, is an excellent all-purpose pesticide.
2 teaspoons essential oil of neem
2 cups water
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on infested areas.
Makes 2 cups
By Annie B. Bond, adapted from Better Basics for the Home.