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DIY Organic Pesticides

Farmers and gardeners are unfortunately heavily dependent on different types of pesticides and other chemicals to ward off insects, bugs and other plant and crop destroyers. Because of that, they spend a lot of money just to keep their crops and garden plants healthy and pest-free. But there is another way to get rid of those pests; it is by making your very own organic or natural pesticides.

Synthetic and commercial pesticides and other bug-killing chemicals are not only expensive but are also harmful to humans and animals. Their chemical contents are dangerous to our health. But despite that fact, many gardeners are still using these pesticides to help save their garden plants and crops.

But there is an alternative to get rid of those pesky bugs and insects – making your own organic pesticides. Your natural or organic pesticide has many benefits or advantages:

  • It is not harmfulI. – Natural pesticides do not contain any harmful chemicals that will be dangerous to your health; after all it is natural or organic. It is safe to plants, to good bugs and to you.
  • It is inexpensive. – You need not spend a lot of money because you can make your organic pesticide by using household items. You can readily have your own natural pesticide by checking your pantry or kitchen and find organic items that are known to be bug repellants.
  • It is easy to make. – You can make these natural pesticides on your own because all it takes is mixing or combining a few organic items found in your kitchen or house. 
  • It is effective. – These homemade natural pesticides are proven and tested in keeping off pests and other harmful insects from your crops and garden plants, since there have been organic gardeners using them.

It has been shown that insects hate anything that are hot and spicy that is why some ingredients of natural pesticides include:

  • Onion
  • Hot pepper
  • Horseradish
  • Vinegar
  • Garlic

Insects and bugs are attracted to a lot of plants especially those that are very fragrant. Then, it will be not a question to see these small critters avoid any foul-smelling thing or substance. That is why the following are effective in getting rid of those pests:

  • Garlic
  • Tobacco
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Chives
  • Rosemary

Let’s take garlic. Organic gardeners are already aware of the odorous and toxic appeal of the garlic that is why they use this spice as a natural alternative for keeping insects away from their plants and crops. They plant edible garlic just between rows of vegetables or flowering plants to repel insects like aphids. Organic gardeners also make recipes for garlic sprays wherein garlic or powdered garlic is mixed with other household products such as vegetable or mineral oil, onions, peppers, and dishwashing soap. These garlic pesticide sprays are effective in getting rid of:

  • Cabbage loopers
  • Leafhoppers
  • Aphids
  • White flies
  • Squash bugs

With this knowledge, gardeners and farmers will no longer worry about pests and other crop destroyers. Just check your kitchen, find those organic ingredients and start making your very own natural or organic pesticides.

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  1. Chris Bronson
    Great article! I can also recommend this infographic for additional information:


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