Making a Safe Organic Insecticide Making a Safe Organic Insecticide
You can keep your home or garden safe from insects with some organic insecticide. You can make it easily with common household items that are safe to use around your family and pets. While keeping your garden your home protected from pests begins with prevention, you might still need to use an insecticide. Many homemade organic insecticides can be very successful in protecting against pests. Strong, hot tastes and pungent odors are some of the common characteristics of most organic repellents. The following provides a guide to making your own organic insecticide.
Tabasco Sauce Insecticide
One of the methods for making your own organic insecticide is by mixing Tabasco sauce, 4 cloves of garlic and a quart of water in a blender and then straining it through some cheesecloth into a sprayer. This particular organic fertilizer is great for keeping away whiteflies, aphids, and caterpillars.
A spray that has lime as an ingredient is very effective against several different types of pests. Mix in 1/4 cup of lime with one quart of water. Once mixed together, add a drop of non detergent soap. This will give the spray some sticking power and make for a very potent organic insecticide. Lime does have some adverse affects if used too much. Keep the use of the spray to a moderate amount and use on a test plant first.
Tomato leaves make for a very effective organic pesticide, especially for cabbage butterflies. Add a quart of water to an ounce of tomato leaves and blend them thoroughly. After they are blended, strain the liquid through some cheesecloth. Pour into a sprayer.
While this one takes more work than the others, it is quite powerful against a certain type of pest. Collect a large amount of the insect that is bothering your plants and grind them into a powder. Mix this powder thoroughly with a quart of water. Pour it into a spray bottle and use on your plants. Depending on the type of pest that is bothering your plants, this will work well against them.
Soap Based Insecticides
There are plenty of soap based organic insecticides on the market today. They are very useful for removing the pests from your garden. They are not harmful to pests or humans as they are made from fatty acids from animals and plants. However, one of the things you must be careful of when making your own soap based insecticides is to use mild soaps. Use soft soaps, as opposed to detergents that will harm your plants, such as Ivory or Murphy's Oil Soap. Mix three cap fulls of any of these soaps with one quart of water. This will make a very effective and safe soap-based insecticide.