Natural Garden Pest Sprays
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Natural Garden Pest Sprays

Many people rely on commercial insecticides and weed killers. If they knew how toxic and dangerous these products can be, they wouldn't be spraying them all over their back gardens. There are a lot of safe and easy to make garden tonics and sprays. Their ingredients don't cost much and won't take you a lot of time to fix one of them. Here are a few suggestions:

Natural White Oil

You've probably used a commercial white oil sold in gardening centers is expensive and contains petroleum. This thing is actually really dangerous and cause more harm than do good on your property. You can make your own chemical-free white oil and use it on aphids, mealy bugs, to control scale, and get rid of mites that might chew on your roses and a lot of fruit-baring trees.

Natural white oil is based on vegetable oil and it was "invented" about two centuries ago. People knew how to do their gardening right even back at the time.

You will need:

  • 2 teacups of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teacup of pure liquid soap or replace it with 1 table spoon natural soap flakes
  • Empty mason jar or a wide-mouth bottle
  • Clean plastic spray bottle

It's time to make your magical garden spray potion. Pour the vegetable oil in the jar, or bottle, and add the liquid soap. If you decided to use soap flakes you will need to add another cup of water. Shake the container like maracas until the ingredients are mixed together. You will know that the potion is ready when it turns white. Just remember that this is a concentrated mixture of white oil and you need to delude it with water before you spray your garden plants.

When you want to use the organic white oil, you should dissolve two teaspoons of the oil in one liter of water. Pour in the clean spray bottle and shake well. Now you can apply it to your garden plants and trees.

Reminder: Don't use the mixture on your back yard greens if it's hot outside. It will clog the plants' pores and this will cause it to wither and die. Spray them early in the morning or in the late evening when the temperatures are cooler. Also, you shouldn't use it on plants that have soft, hairy leaves because it will burn them.

How does this white oil work?

When you spray pests with the lotion, it covers them with a layer of oil. It clogs their breathing pores and they die of suffocation. The best thing is that the bugs can't develop a resistance to the white oil, since it isn't based on chemicals and the suffocation is physical.

Slug and Snail Spray

Slugs and snails can cause a lot of damage to your crops and flowers. The slimy critters munch on the leaves and are one of the main reasons for plant death. Some people try to fight them with slug pellets but they are dangerous for wild animals. Birds and hedgehogs eat the dead slugs and get poisoned and die. You should think of a wildlife friendly solution to this garden pest problem. You can make a simple slug spray, that is one of the most common used home-made insecticides and is even recommended by expert gardeners around Banbury.

You will need:

  • Clean plastic spray bottle
  • 1 teaspoon of pure liquid soap
  • 100 ml of Cloudy Ammonia
  • 400 ml of water

Get a 500 ml spray bottle and mix all of the ingredients together. The soap will make the mixture thicker and easier to stick to the pests. Shake the bottle until everything is perfectly mixed and go on your slug hunting spree.

Slugs and snails go on feast in your garden at night or after it has rained. Arm yourself with a flashlight in one hand and the spray bottle in the other and eradicate the critters with your special slug mixture. Do this for a few consecutive nights and you will notice how quickly the pest population is dropping.

Pyrethrum Daisy and Feverfew Pesticide

This home made garden pest killer is great because the main ingredients are plants. You can find the pyrethrum daisy in many organic gardens and feverfew is a natural remedy for headaches. It's also used in companion planting because it attracts the hover fly, which prays on aphids and other unwanted garden pests,.

You will need:

2 parts feverfew flowers

1 part pyrethrum flowers

Kerosene or Mineral oil

2 drops Sesame oil

To make this herbal spray chop the flowers first. Cover them with kerosene or mineral oil. If you want to stick to organic gardening, use mineral oil. Let the herbs soak over night in a dark place and filter the liquid in the morning. Before you use it on the plants in your back yard, you should dissolve one part of the pesticide in six parts of water. Add the the drops of sesame oil and you are ready to spray all the pests. You can add coconut oil to make the spray easier to stick to the bugs.

Use these home-made pest remedies on your garden and everything will be alright. You won't damage your precious plants with chemicals and you will stick to wildlife-friendly gardening. That's a way to kill two birds with a stone.


Street Talk

Oh, that slimy slug is creeping me out. Anyway, great article on natural pest control. Nice work!

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  about 7 years ago
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