Non-Toxic Pest Control

A homemade-pesticide-recipe to repel-garden-pests that's suitable to green living can be made from typical kitchen ingredients. Try brewing your own pesticides from this group before you go shopping for the strong chemical mixtures.

If you take a good look through your kitchen cupboards, you will probably find you have most of these ingredients already.

How affordable is that?

The goal is always to not harm your garden plants that you spend so much time nurturing on a daily basis. You want to keep them alive, healthy and well, while keeping the harmful insects away as much as possible.

A horrible taste is definately called for when whipping up a homemade-pesticide-recipe. Strong odors help as well.

If you want to repel-garden-pests, this is what is needed.

One of the common ingredients in these recipes is dishwashing soap. Just a general dish-soap with no added antibacterial ingredients or additional extra-strength additives is what's required. If the soap is too strong, it can kill your plants.

So, keep it light. The soap serves to almost paralyze the bugs, and they stop feeding.

Here's a tip for you while you are out in the garden working hard to apply your mixtures.

Vinegar is good on exposed skin to repel bugs from attacking you. Citronella does a good job as well. Avoid dark colors when outside gardening. Dress in light shades of clothing.


1 cup vegetable oil
1 tblsp. liquid dish-soap

Combine and use 2 1/2 tsp. per 1 cup warm water.

Spray leaves (over and underneath) to stop insect development

2 tsp. liquid dish-soap
1 gallon water

Spray infested leaves of plants. Spray every few days for
2 weeks for heavy infestations.

2 tblsp. soap flakes
2 litres warm water

Dissolve flakes and apply to infestations once per week.
This mixture is good for aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.

Fungicide for Black-Spot and Mildew

1 tsp. baking soda
1 litre water
1 tsp. soap flakes

Dissolve the soda in the water, and then add the flakes of soap.
This solution will cling to the leaves. Remove the bad leaves
and then spray plant top and bottom to control spread of disease.

Sowbug Traps With Cornmeal

2 tblsp. cornmeal
1 small container made of plastic with a lid

Cut a hole at the base of the container large enough for bugs
to get into. Place cornmeal in there, and the bugs will feed
and feed. A liquid drink will kill them instantly.

Sticky trap for fungus gnats and whiteflies

Smear a yellow painted (waterproof paint) 4"x8" piece of
cardboard with a bit of vaseline, top and bottom. Place
the card near the tops of the plants.


10 cloves minced garlic
2 tsp. mineral oil
2 1/2 cups water
1 tsp. dish soap

Soak garlic in mineral oil for 1 day. Strain garlic out and
add the water and soap. Mix well. Spray plants.
Great for Aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites.

Spray bugs

Garlic and Pepper Mix to repel-garden-pests

1/2 cup hot peppers
1/2 cup garlic cloves or onions
2 cups water

Make a tea out of this mixture by steeping all combined for
24 hours in a glass jar. Seal and set in a sunny spot.
Strain and spray onto your flowers. Good for all types of

Homemade-Pesticide-Recipe for Tomato Leaf Spray

Gather the leaves from the bottom of tomato plants. Combine
4 cups of water with 2 cups of leaves in a container and let
stand overnight. Strain the mixture and add 2 more cups of
water to dilute what you have. Spray on plants affected by
aphids and other pests.

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I have been given some other recipes that use extremely
strong ingredients such as cayenne and other things. These
apparently will even deter dogs and cats and any other furry
creatures as well.

I have chosen to not include these, as personally I would
rather watch my dog or cat or anyone elses' dog or cat tear
my garden to shreds before I could watch them get tangled up
with cayenne and things of that nature. I'm sure they pick
up enough of the smells of the other recipes to turn them

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