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D.I.Y Organic Pesticides

Organic pesticides are made of natural materials that have properties of killing or keeping out pests from your crops.

The Benefits of using organic pesticides are:

  • Saves you money – Most of the d.i.y organic pesticides that can be made at home, are much cheaper than those that can be bought commercially.
  • It is risk-free and non-toxic – by knowing the ingredients of your homemade pesticide solution, you are making sure that there are no harmful mixtures that can cause harm to you, your animals, crops, and your family.

D.Y.I  Organic Pesticide Recipes:

Neem Spray
Combine 15 ml (1 teaspoon) of neem oil with 1/2 teaspoon mild soap. Mix the neem and soap into 2 liters of warm water. Add the vegetable paste to 2 cups (500 milliliters) of warm water. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together.Stir slowly but thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Use it immediately, dousing the entire plant and focusing on spots where you can clearly see pests or signs of pests.

Pepper and Garlic / Onion Spray
Combine 1/2 cup of hot peppers with 1/2 cup of garlic cloves or onions. You may also use both onions and garlic. All the vegetables should be chopped prior to use. Blend the vegetables together in an electric blender. A thick, chunky paste should form. Add the vegetable paste to 2 cups (500 ml) of warm water. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together. Pour the solution into a plastic or glass container and allow it to sit for 24 hours. If possible, keep it in a sunny location or at least in a warm spot.  Pour the solution through a strainer, removing the vegetables and collecting the vegetable-infused water into another container. This water is your pesticide. Pour your pesticide into a clean squirt bottle. Spray your plants with the pesticide. Treat the infected plants every four to five days. After three or four treatments, the pests should scatter. If the area is thoroughly covered, this pesticide should keep bugs away for the rest of the season.

Soap and Oil Spray
Select a mild liquid dish-washing soap.  Mix 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of your selected soap with 1 cup (250 ml) cooking oil in a small bowl. Use either canola or vegetable oil. Combine 2 and 1/2 teaspoons (12 ml) of this oil mixture into 1 cup (250 ml) of water. Mix thoroughly. Pour this new mixture into a large squirt bottle. Give the mixture another shake inside the bottle to combine it more thoroughly. Spray the mixture anywhere you have problems. Spray it around your entire plant, including the undersides of leaves. Focus on areas where pests lay their eggs, since an oil spray is designed to target eggs and immature bugs.

Soap Spray
Opt for a mild liquid dish-washing soap.  Mix a few teaspoons (10 to 15 ml) of your selected soap into 1 gallon (4 liters) of water. Combine the soap and water using your hands or a large spoon. Pour the solution into a large squirt bottle. You may not be able to fit all of the solution into a bottle, but you should use the largest bottle you can find to make use of as much of the solution as possible.  Spray the entire plant. Cover the top and undersides of leaves, focusing on the areas that seem the most overcome. This spray works by paralyzing insects, making them unable to eat. Continue to spray your plants every two to three days for the next two weeks. Since this pesticide is fairly diluted, continued application is the only way to ensure that the infestation ends.

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