Make your own natural pesticides
One of the main concerns when it comes to consuming fresh produce is the presence of pesticides. There are a number of harmful substances out there which is why many people choose to make their own. The good news is that there are a number of great ways to make your own pesticides that do not pose a threat to your health.
Oil spray can be made using a mixture of vegetable oil and mild soap. This solution is good for getting rid of aphids, mites, thrips, and similar bugs. For every cup of oil, you should add one tablespoon of liquid soap. When you are ready to apply the mixture, you should then add two tablespoons of the mixture with a quart of water. Shake the mixture before use and make sure that you spray the plants from the bottom and the top for full coverage.
You can also make a soap spray using 1 ½ teaspoons of liquid soap mixed with 1 quart of water. Spray all over the affected areas of the plants. Remember to only spray your plants during the evening to prevent burning.
Neem oil works well on various insects and it can disrupt any stage of their life including eggs, larvae, and adults. It is non-toxic to pets, birds, and fish as well as other wildlife. You need only mix two teaspoons of this oil with 1 teaspoon of liquid soap and 1 quart of water. You can use this spray as a preventative measure to stop insects from making themselves at home in your garden.
Garlic has a particularly strong smell. When you eat garlic for lunch or dinner, you cannot get rid of the smell no matter how many times you brush your teeth. This is why it’s easy to understand why garlic makes such a great repellent. Use two garlic bulbs and puree them in your blender. Add a small amount of water to help the blending process. Add this mixture to a quart of water and allow to sit overnight. Strain the mixture and then add ½ a cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, and enough water to fill the jar. To use the mixture, use one cup mixed with one quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on your infested plants.
Pepper sprays can also help repel various insects. You can use fresh hot peppers or the powdered variety. Use 1 tablespoon of powder with a quart f water and a few drops of liquid soap. Spray on the plants you wish to treat. If you want to use fresh peppers, you will need to blend ½ a cup of peppers with 1 cup of water. Add another quart of water before boiling. Allow to cool before straining and adding a few drops of liquid soap. Spray on the affected plants.
If you are looking for an all-in-one solution, you can puree on bulb of garlic with a small onion. Add one teaspoon of hot pepper powder and allow to steep for an hour. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of liquid soap before mixing well. Apply to the affected plants and store the rest for up to one week in the fridge.