What organic pest control can you make at home?
- Himalayan salt spray
- Citrus oil and cayenne pepper
- Oil spray
- Soap spray
- Garlic spray
- Tobacco spray
You can find a large number of pests and insects in your home, and while some of them can do good, others do nothing but ruin your home. They can destroy everything from your house’s foundation to your beautiful garden.
Thankfully, pest control services exist and their operators will more than gladly rid your household of these pesky creatures. But did you know that you can also make some organic and effective pesticides at home?
These organic sprays are sure to keep pests out of your home. Continue reading below to find out how to make them!
Himalayan Salt Spray
Himalayan salt is known for its many health benefits, but it can also be an effective pest control spray.
If your enemy is spider mites, then this is the spray that you need. Simply mix two tablespoons of Himalayan salt with one gallon of water. Transfer it in a bottle and spray infected areas.
Citrus Oil and Cayenne Pepper Spray
Ants are a common sight in the kitchen and dining areas of your house, and even though they don’t seem to do harm, it is still best that you get rid of them. You can do that with this citrus oil and cayenne pepper spray.
All you need is 10 drops of citrus essential oil, 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and 1 cup of warm water. Shake and mix well making sure that all ingredients are well incorporated, and then spray on affected areas.
Here’s a pesticide that’s effective for controlling quite a number of insects including mites, aphids, whiteflies, and beetles.
This is a simple spray that only needs 1 ½ teaspoons of mild liquid soap and 4 cups of water. You can apply this as necessary, but avoid using it during hot mornings. It is always recommended to use it during the evenings or early in the morning.
Oil spray works quite similarly to soap spray. It has devastating effects on the same types of insects and it is also very easy to make.
For the base mixture, you need 1 cup of vegetable oil and 1 tablespoon of soap. Combine these two ingredients together and combine 2 teaspoons of this mix with 4 cups of water.
Garlic has a strong and pungent aroma that works well as a natural insecticide. Although there are still debates on whether garlic spray is a repellent or insecticide, it can effectively knock out insects and keep them away from your garden.
To make this spray, puree 2 bulbs of garlic with a small amount of water and let this sit overnight. Afterward, strain the mixture, transfer the liquid to a jar, and add into it ½ cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, and fill the rest of the jar up with water. Finally, combine 1 cup of this mixture with 4 cups of water and spray liberally on your plants.
Tobacco is just as harmful to pests as it is to humans. It can be used to kill pests such as caterpillars and aphids. This spray can be used on most plants but not on those that are part of the solanaceous family like tomatoes, pepper, eggplants, and more.
You only need two things to make this mixture. The first one is a 1 cup of organic tobacco and the other is 1 gallon of water. Combine these two things and let the mixture sit overnight. After a full day of waiting, the water should turn into a light brown color. If you end up with something very dark, then just add more water.
The ingredients for these organic sprays are common household items, so you shouldn’t have to worry about getting a hold of them. If there’s one thing you have to keep in mind though, it’s that these sprays don’t work for all pests.
They each rid you of a different type of creature and while there may be some overlap, you still have to be mindful of what repels or kills what kind of pest. Moreover, some sprays need to be used at certain times of the day or they won’t be as effective.
You simply have to be wary of these things in order to successfully rid your house of those pesky insects. If they are really persistent and refuse to leave your home, then don’t hesitate to call a pest control service!