Pests can be a menace and a mood killer. They dampen your spirits of developing a beautiful garden with their destructiveness. Many gardeners make frequent visits to the stores to buy insecticides to try and save their gardens. But did you know your home is full of natural insecticides that you could use to control the pest? Several items that you use in your home can also be used to control pests in the garden.
So, if you are tired of the frequent visit to the stores or don’t have the time, here are several home items and products you can use to control pests in your garden.
DIY Ways to Control Pests in Your Garden:
One Hot Pepper Spray:
Mix one gallon of water and about three spoons of hot pepper; if you are using fresh peppers, chop about ten peppers. Simmer the mixture or about 15 minutes and then let the mixture settle for 2 hours.
Add a few drops of dish soap to the mixture. The soap helps the mixture acquire a sticky solution that can easily adhere to the plants.
Garlic-Mint Insect Spray:
To make this homemade pesticide, blend some mint leaves with garlic gloves. Add cayenne pepper and dishwashing soap. Boil the mixture and let it settle for 12hours. It should be ready to chase the bugs away.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap:
Flies are irritant and spread diseases very fast. Instead of waiting until it’s morning to buy some bug spray, you can easily make a homemade fly trap using basic kitchen products.
Fill a bottle with apple cider vinegar and add a few pieces of chopped apple. The bottle top should be funneled shaped or have a shaker that allows the flies to get in but restrict them from easily getting out.
Do not throw away used coffee grounds if you have a pest problem in your house. Despite making you a cup of coffee, coffee grounds can be used as homemade pesticides.
If there is an infestation of ants in your garden, place the coffee grounds in the spot they are originating from. Coffee grounds are fatal to many species of ants. Coffee grounds can also be used to control bugs, snails, and slugs.
If a population of slugs and snails are wreaking havoc on your recently planted seedlings, you can easily win the war with eggshells. Eggshells make the ground rough, and the snails find it challenging to slither. Crash eggshells into tiny pieces and then spread the pieces on the ground. The shells also add value to your garden by adding calcium and other minerals to the soil when they degrade.
Dust Mite Oil Repellent:
You can easily make a pesticide to control mites and aphids that invade your home and garden with some few basic home items. To do this, mix either lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, clove or rosemary oil with water. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Mites and aphids hate the smell of this mixture and will stay away from the sprayed area. You can add lemongrass and basil to repel lice and fleas as well.
Egg Deer Repellent:
Yes, a deer is also a pest. They can be a big problem for your garden, especially if you live near game reserves. However, you can keep the deer away from your plants by using a mixture of eggs and water. Mix several eggs with water and blend the mixture until it forms a solution. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and then spray the solution on the leaves of your plants. The deer will be repelled by the smell and will stay away from your garden.
Bananas and Tin Foil:
Aphids are some of the most destructive pests in the garden. They can easily destroy a whole garden if they are not controlled.
To control aphids collects banana peels and chop them up into small pieces. Place the peels under the soil around the base of the plants. Aphids are repelled by the peels, and the peels add nutrients to the soil when they decompose.
Foil can also be used to chase way aphids. The foil reflects sun rays to the underside of the leaves when placed at the base of the plants. The heat and light will chase away the destructive pests.
Some people might wonder, “what if I meet banana spiders while spraying the garden?” Well, the best thing to do is to leave them alone. Banana spiders are pest controllers and will help you reduce pests in your garden. Majority of banana spiders are harmless to humans.
Pests should no longer be a big problem if you use the home remedies above. Frequent visits to the store to buy pesticides will also be a thing of the past.