Eco-Friendly Pesticides to Use at Home

homemade insecticides

Often, pesticides contain chemicals that can be harmful to you or your family’s health. However, products like these are essential – especially in the Philippines – for controlling termite and cockroach infestation. Still, it would be nice if pesticide formulators and manufacturers can create a product that will prevent deadly pests from residing in your property without harming your loved ones.

However, if those products are not available in the market, do not worry. You can always contact a professional pest control company. These experts are skilled in eliminating harmful insects and rodents as safely and efficiently as possible. But if you do not have the time or funds to schedule an appointment right now, do not fret, here are eco-friendly DIY pesticides that you can temporarily use to keep those pesky pests at bay!

Garlic Spray

One of the eco-friendly pest killers that you can prepare at home is the garlic spray. Its pungent odor will make your home an undesirable place for insects, like mosquitoes, to stay and lay their eggs on. Do not worry about the garlicky smell wafting in the air after spraying it because the odor will not last long.


  • 120 g / 4.2 oz. fresh garlic
  • 2 tbsp. mineral oil
  • 20 g / 0.7 oz. natural soap powder
  • ½ liter water
  • Spray bottle


  1. Get some garlic and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Mix it with mineral oil, natural soap powder, and water.
  3. Afterwards, pour the mixture into an open container.
  4. Leave the concoction for 2 days and then strain it.
  5. Pour the strained mixture into a spray bottle.
  6. Spray it in areas where there are pest infestations.


spray bottle

Hot Pepper Wax

This homemade repellent deters spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, lace bugs, and other pests from come inside your property. The hot pepper wax is safe to use inside your home, even if have indoor plants, and on your garden. 


  • 6 peppers (habanero, Anaheim or cayenne)
  • 2 cups of water
  • Cheesecloth or Paper Coffee Filter


  1. Put six (6) peppers and 2 cups of water in a blender.
  2. Blend the peppers and water at high speed.
  3. After blending, put the mixture into a closed container.
  4. Leave it for 24 hours.
  5. Put a cheesecloth or paper coffee filter through the strainer.
  6. Strain the mixture into a clean 1-quart glass jar.
  7. Fill up the jar with top water.
  8. Spray it into areas where there are pests. 


Neem Oil Spray

Neem, which originated in India, is a powerful plant that is sometimes used as a medicine for skin diseases. However, do you know that it is also powerful in keeping pests away? The neem oil spray can block an insect’s life cycle as this DIY pesticide can make them lose their appetite after several days.


  • ½ oz. high-quality organic neem oil
  • ½ tsp. of mild organic liquid soap


  1. Mix the high-quality organic neem oil and mild organic liquid soap and stir slowly.
  2. Then, pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
  3. Spray it into the areas where there are pests.

Try any of these DIY pesticides to see which can help keep pests away from your home. However, you should remember that the effects of products like these are only short-term. If you want something more long-term, then you should contact an expert. Professional pest control companies can help you effectively manage your pest issues.