BUDGET AND ENVIRONMENTAL PESTICIDES TO MAKE AT HOME
The insects and pests ruining our gardens flowers and vegetables is the biggest problem. Some of us use expensive chemicals to get rid of those pests since they are effective to free our plants from them. Little do we know that we are harming the environment and our health simultaneously. We can make effective organic and budget friendly pesticides at our home.
The things that can be used to make pesticides at home are:
- Marigold flower
- Baking soda with vegetable/Neem oil and hand wash
- Eucalyptus oil
- Pepper spray
- Garlic cloves/ Garlic spray
- Orange peels
- Salt spray
1) Marigold flowers:
- Pick some marigold flower.
- Grind the flowers and put them on a thin cotton cloth.
- Bind the cloth and place it in a half water filled jar.
- Cover the jar and leave it overnight.
- You will get a good ready to use mixture in the following morning.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray it into plants.
- Use the spray in every 15 days. If required, you can use it in every 2-3 days.
- This will repel mosquitoes and other insects.
2) Baking Soda with vegetable/Neem oil and hand wash:
- Take one tea spoon of baking soda, 10 drops any organic hand wash and one teaspoon of Neem oil if available. If not, you can any vegetable oil.
- Mix them together in 1 liter of water and shake well.
- You can spray this into your plants in every 15 days.
- If the insects are more you can spray this in every 3 days.
- Shake the mixture well before use.
- This will repel slugs, roaches, silverfish and other bugs.
3) Eucalyptus Oil:
- You can get this oil from any medical stores.
- Take one tea spoon of Eucalyptus oil and mix it with half liter of water.
- Pour it into a spray bottle and shake it very well.
- Use it in your plants in every 15 days if required; use it in every 2-3 days.
- This will help you prevent whiteflies, mites and other insects.
- Beer is a go to drink for almost everyone.
- It’s pretty amazing that slugs and snails love beer too.
- Just pour some beer on saucers and place them in your garden.
- This will help you trap those slugs and snails and prevent them from eating your plants.
5) Pepper spray:
- Take 2 tablespoon of pepper of your choice (red, black or chili pepper) and make a solution.
- Add 5-6 drops of liquid dish soap and a gallon of water in the solution.
- Pour it into a spray bottle , shake well and spray the mix into your plants.
- This will keep off spiders, mites and other insects from your plant.
6) Garlic cloves/ Garlic spray:
- Garlic is a strong bug repellant. Trust me; bugs hate the strong odor of garlic.
- You can stick a clove of garlic into the soil of your houseplants. The strong smell of garlic repels all the bugs. However, sticking garlic cloves won’t be applicable for larger number of plants.
- You can use Garlic spray for a larger number of plants.
- Gather garlic cloves and chop them into fine pieces.
- Blend them with 1 cup of water in a blender. Blend until it turns into a fine liquid. You can add water until you get a fine consistency.
- Add liquid dishwashing soap to the mixture and blend further until it mixes well.
- You can separate chunks from liquid with cheesecloth.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray the solution in your plants/ flowers.
7) Orange peels:
- Citrus peels contain linalool that helps repel pests.
- Make orange peel zest and sprinkle them around your garden area.
- You can also make a bottle of spray by keeping the orange peels in 2 cups of boiling water.
- This should be done for at least 24 hours.
- Pour the liquid in to a spray bottle and spray it to get rid of mosquitoes, fleas and flies.
8) Salt spray:
- Salt spray is pretty effective for plants affected with mites, spiders.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of Himalayan salt with 1 galloon of warm water.
- Spray the solution into your plants.
- You can use this twice a week for better result.
Note: Make sure you shake whichever solution you are going to use very well before each application. This will make sure the mixture gets mixed perfectly.
These are budget friendly and environment friendly pesticides which are as effective as the chemical ones. Using organic pesticides over chemical pesticides will do good to the environment which will ultimately benefit our health.