5 Natural Insect Sprays You Can Make at Home

You’ve worked hard on your garden…

Months of your time and energy have gone into growing your plants, but you could be left with nothing after a swarm of ravenous insects attack your garden.

Sure, you could use pesticides…but that’s toxic and you’ll eventually run out of them after SHTF.

That’s why I recommend making your own “DIY” insect sprays that are both natural and effective at killing harmful insects.

Don’t worry…these DIY insect sprays are easy to make. The recipes are simple and use common ingredients you can find around the house or at the grocery store.

Olive Oil and “Pure” Soap

For this recipe to work, you’ll need a cooking oil such as olive oil and a “pure” soap. Pure soap doesn’t have any synthetic chemicals like detergents, de-greasers, moisturizers, or bleach.

Add 5 tablespoons of pure soap and 2 tablespoons of your choice of cooking oil to one gallon of water.

This recipe works well because the oil helps it stick to the leaves of the plants for long-lasting protection.

Water and Pure Soap

This recipe is almost the same as the one above, but it’s a little less “intense” and will be good for more sensitive plants, such as lettuce and other leafy plants.

Add 2.5 tablespoons of pure soap to one gallon of water. Don’t add oil this time so it will be more toned down.

This is a 1% solution that effectively kills pests and goes easy on sensitive plants.

Tobacco and Water

This recipe is a bit strange because it uses tobacco as an ingredient. But it works because the nicotine is absorbed by the plants and then the nicotine kills the bugs when they consume part of the plants.

Of course, this means that if you’re spraying edible plants you should only use this spray early in the plant’s growth so the nicotine has time to leave the plant before you eat it.

Put one cup of tobacco in one gallon of water and boil it for 30 minutes. Then strain the solution and let it cool.

You can add pure soap if you want it to be extra-strength, though it isn’t necessary.

Orange Peels

If you have an ant problem, this orange peel recipe will do the trick.

All you have to do is peel two or three oranges and save the peels. Then put them in the blender with some water and blend it into a fine liquid.

Now take the liquid you just made and pour it down any ant hills you see.

Chili, Garlic, and Onion Spray

This might be the most effective insect spray here, but the one drawback is that it’s a bit smelly, so it’s best for outdoor plants.

First, grind one garlic bulb and one onion. Then add one tablespoon of powdered chili peppers. Next, stir it all into a 1/2 gallon of hot water. Now, strain out all the chunks and add one tablespoon of pure soap.

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Know any other all-natural solutions for pest control in your garden? Share them in the comments below!

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