Nowadays, more home-growers than ever before are actively seeking alternatives to the toxins and chemicals conventionally used as pesticides. After all, the whole point of growing at home is that you know exactly what goes into everything you grow – the benefit that is eroded entirely by bringing chemicals into the equation.
So it’s really no huge surprise that the Internet is crammed to bursting point with an extraordinary array of recipes and DIY strategies for keeping bugs at bay. And of course, it is also no surprise that huge numbers of them are completely and utterly useless and not worth your time.
That being said, there will always be certain examples that go against the grain and have the potential to prove surprisingly effective. So in order to save you time and trouble of trying out those that will have little effect on the bugs but could easily destroy your plants, we’ve put together a quick list of tried and tested organic homemade pesticides solutions.
Give the following a try:
First of all, if you find yourself facing an infestation of spider mites, there’s really nothing more you need than simple salt water. Take 2 tablespoons of standard salt and add this to around 3 litres of warm water, which can then be used to spray onto your plants and the mites themselves.
If ants are driving you crazy, one surprisingly effective solution is to take around 500ml of warm water and mix this with a sturdy teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a dozen drops of citrus essential oil. Give it all a really good shake to combine and spray over any affected areas – it’s a combination ants really do not appreciate!
One great multipurpose homemade product that’s 100% organic can be used directly on roaches and ants, while at the same time helping to keep slugs at bay. The solution is made by taking approximately 3 litres of warm water and adding a couple of tablespoons of orange oil and 3 tablespoons of organic liquid soap. One batch should last you quite a long time.
Even easier still, one of the best products you can pick up almost anywhere for getting the job done and keeping things organic is eucalyptus oil. Purchase as a pure oil and mix with a little water or pick up in a spray bottle, in order to be used sparingly anywhere you find yourself having problems with flies, wasps, bees and so on. It’s also a real breath of fresh air for you!
A good all-purpose organic pesticide can be whipped up in no time at all by taking around a litre of water and adding to it one of medium sized onion (chopped) and one crushed clove of garlic. Leave it for a couple of hours and then throw in a tablespoon of liquid soap and a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. It may have a rather interesting fragrance, but it gets the job done brilliantly and can be stored in the fridge for around 10 days.