DIY Insecticide


Homemade bug spray Recipes:

Bugs can quickly and effectively wreak havoc on your garden. They can kill garden plants before you even realize that you have a pest problem. Beneficial insects can help with preventing such pests. However, sometimes you need a quick fix. Below are some ideas for making your own homemade garden bug spray.

You can mix and match the recipes below to find what works best for you. Avoid spraying your plants in mid-day when the sun and temperature is at its peak. The best time to spray your plants is in the early morning. Spray plants that have recently been watered and avoid spraying plants with wilted or dying leaves. Spraying plants that are dehydrated may exacerbate your problem.
Bug spray recipe 1:


I quart water
1/8 tsp Cheyenne pepper
1/8 tsp. Black pepper
1/8 tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp Thymes
½ cup of brewed coffee
2 drops peppermint oil


Put all of your spices into a cheese cloth/sock and steep it in hot water as if you are making tea. You will want to use about 1 quart of water. Add a couple drops of peppermint oil and brewed coffee after you have steeped your spices in the hot water. Add your homemade bug spray to a spray bottle to spritz your plants.

Bug Spray recipe 2:


1 quart of water
1 tablespoon of liquid castile soap
2 drops peppermint oil
2 tsp of baking soda

Mix ingredients together in the spray bottle and spritz it on your plants. The liquid soap and peppermint oil will kill insects and the baking soda will prevent pests such as slugs while also preventing fungal infections.

Bug Spray recipe 3:


1 quart water
4 cloves of chopped garlic
2 tsp mineral oil
1 tsp orange essential oil


Add your chopped garlic to 2 teaspoons of mineral oil and let it site overnight. Strain out the garlic and add it to 1 quart of water and spritz it on your plants.

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