Now insects and pests are not really something new that you are dealing with. But what you don’t know is that most of the times the pesticides and the insecticides we use are really harmful for us. A lot of people simply assume that these chemicals cause harm only to rodents, pests and insects, but they couldn’t be more wrong. These also cause a lot of harm to your kids, your family, pets and of course you.
What you can do here is opt for pesticides that are safe and eco friendly. What’s great here is that you can make these in the comfort of your home. You need some basic ingredients to create these eco friendly and yet cost effective solutions for your home and garden.
Some Recipes That Will Help You
1. Garlic and Pepper
Who would have thought that the garlic and pepper that you eat in the kitchen could also be a protective agent for your home. The recipe is easy and also can be stored for months, without worrying about the same getting spoilt. For this, you will need about 15 cloves of garlic, along with an onion, about 4 cayenne peppers or even powder will do here. ½ a spoon of liquid castile soap helps because it is fragrance free and natural. Finally 4 cups of warm water completes the list.
To make the spray you have to mix all of the ingredients, except soap, in a blender. Then once you get the puree, strain and take out the liquid. Let it stay for about a day and then add the soap to it. Mix everything well and then store in a bottle, a spray one is recommended. All that you have to do now is take it out in the garden and spray it generously over your precious bushes and plants. Also, remember that you can use it around the house, but keep it out of reach of children’s hand since it is quite pungent and sharp.
2. Spray Using Baking Soda
Another simple an easy recipe to avoid fungal diseases on the plants and even keep insects at bay would be baking soda. It is really sad to see your favorite flower bush or plant to die because of fungus or even pest attacks. This spray helps keep away both pests and insects too. For this, simply take about a tablespoon of baking soda along with 1/2 tablespoon of oil and a bit of warm water. Mix all of the three ingredients together until it dissolves well. Then check the consistency. It should be sprayable but not very liquid neither too thick. So if needed, adjust the water. Store it in a spray bottle and then spray as needed.
3. Insecticidal Spray Using Soap
Though your regular commercial soap is not always harmful, castile soap is a relatively safe option that you can use at home. For this recipe you will need about one and a half teaspoon of castile liquid soap. If you don’t have the same, then you can also use regular dishwashing soap. Another alternative would be ivory. You need to combine the soap with some water and shake it well so everything mixes. When using the bottle, make sure that you shake it well. This spray works on all kinds of pests and insects like ear worms, mites, maggots, beetles, etc. Now you have the option f adding about 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol to this spray but remember don’t add too much or the spray will get toxic.
4. Buttermilk and Wheat Spray
This one really works well on pests and even insects like spider mites. Again, this is something that is easily available at home and can be stored with ease. Simply take about a cup of wheat flour along with about 50 ml of buttermilk and 1 1/4 gallon of water. For this take a bucket and mix all of the ingredients using a long handle or spoon.
Then put all of these into the spray bottle. This should be shaken well before use and remember it works on all kinds of mites.
5. Insecticidal Essential Oil Soap Spray
This is again a very nice spray for keeping insects and pests at bay. You can use it in the garden, inside the house or even in the porch. The idea is to use some essential oils here that double as a natural fragrance enhancer and also keep insects and pests at bay. They even work for ants and other similar insects.For this you will need about 1 1/2 tablespoons of liquid soap which should be mixed with a quart of water.
To this you can add a few drops of any oil that you like say orange or even lemon. Keep in mind that the soap that you pick should be biodegradable like castile or even ivory soap. To the mixture, add the water and the essential oils. Then mix it all together and then store in a spray bottle and shake. Remember to shake it prior to every use.
6. Neem Spray
Neem is also referred to as the tree of life and it sure works great. They say growing a neem tree in the garden does the trick but often you will find growing such a big tree is not possible. Plants can be grown in the garden too but what really works here is using the oil of neem or even the juice of bitter neem leaves. All that needs to be done here is take the freshly extracted juice of need leaves and then mix it with some water.
Then spray it generously around the garden and the affected areas, where rodents and pests attack. Another option here would be to mix some neem oil with castile soap. About a small spoon of castile soap along with equal quantities of neem oil should be taken. Mix it with some water and the shake well. Spray as needed to keep insects and pests at bay, the natural way!
So go ahead and keep your garden and home safe using these natural solutions.