Eight Natural Pesticides That Won't Harm your Health or Garden
As natural pesticides, these simple foods will get rid of those pesky pests better than the risky chemical alternatives, without harming either your health or garden. They are found in your pantry, easily obtainable from the grocery store and perfectly easy to work with. You need some water and possibly some liquid soap and mixing with these natural ingredients gives you some rather interesting pesticides, both for indoor and outdoor use.
Neem: One of the best forms of pesticides, used by ancient Indians to ward of insects, larvae and even predators from their crops. For the low-income farmers, it is indeed the best form. The essential oils created from the neem tree cause disturbances in pests, The lifespan may be short and it may not be good to use on extremely large quantities, but it is eco-friendly and with no possibility of causing future outbreaks of new pests.
• How to use it? Take a 1/2 ounce of high neem oil (make sure its high quality and organic) and mix with ½ a teaspoon of organic liquid soap and warm water. Mix and Use.
Eucalyptus: As an Australian native tree, eucalyptus provides essential oils which are anti-fungal, insect repellent, antibacterial, anti-rodent, weed killers. It is most certainly insecticidal, which makes it perfect as a natural pesticide for crops and gardens.
• How to use it? Take some of the eucalyptus oil and sprinkle around the area the insects and pests are found. You will see immediate results.
Oil from Orange Peel: That’s right. The oil from your orange peel can kill insects, and is especially effective against termites, particularly of foreign origins. The oil from the orange peel is known to be toxic to at least 7 different insect species. The problem is that the effectiveness of treating sand and soil with the oil might not last very long.
• How to use it? Mix 3 tablespoons of organic liquid soap with an ounce of orange peel oil, stirring into a gallon of water. Shake it well and apply to area to keep clean of pests.
Cloves: The eugenol in clove oils is a major insecticide and fungicide, used to rid a garden from weeds as well as unwanted insects. It is often used on fruit trees, preventing insect and worm infestations. It is used to kill cockroaches, ants, dust mites, flies, wasps, spiders, crickets, and fleas. It is also used on some ornamental plant pests such as armyworms, aphids and mites. Use the spray to kill weeds as well.
• How to use it? Pour 10 drops of clove oil into an empty spray bottle, fill the rest with tap water and shake it well. Use it on any are that requires pest control.
Cinnamon: If you want to be killing those mosquitoes, cinnamon oil is the best route to take. The National University of Taiwan has approved of its use as a natural pesticide, as opposed to the chemically induced DEET that causes all forms of health problems.
• How to use it? Mix 1% of cinnamon oil with 99% water and spray. Adding more oil will make it hotter and possibly burn you, or at least make you quite uncomfortable. It is great to use on yourself, as well as on your plants where you see a large mosquito colony.
Bay Leaves: This is great to use on cockroaches. Seriously! Crushed bay leaves are also used to ward off ants and kill whole colonies. This is best used inside the house.
• How to use it? Use a mortar and pestle as well as your hands to crush the bay leaves, but not into a powder. Once done, sprinkle around cabinets and doors to ward off ants, cockroaches and other pests that are unwanted guests in the home.
Baking soda: Baking soda has been known as a great pesticide and, especially, fungicide, since 1933! There have been articles written about its powers and ability to destroy weeds, insects, and fungus, warding off unwanted species from your garden. It may also burn your grass, however.
• How to use it? Make a spray using 4 teaspoons of baking soda mixed with a gallon of water. Use at will on plants, but careful not to overdue to keep from causing harm to your garden.
Cayenne Peppers: According to the University of Maine, we have a winner in insect repellent here> it is also useful in warding off rabbits and deer, alongside other pesky wildlife that might eat your garden dry. On the other hand, it has no effect whatsoever on flea beetles.
• How to use it? You can mix it with 10 drops of citrus oil or keep it on its own, mixing a teaspoon of cayenne pepper with a cup of hot water and spraying where needed.
10 Homemade Organic Pesticides by Global Healing Center.
Effect of Orange Oil Extract on the Formosan Subterranean Termite, by USDA.
Less Toxic Insecticides, by Clemson University.
Reduce of Eliminate Pesticide Use in and Around Your Home, by Pittsburgh University.
Use of Baking Soda as a Fungicide, by NTEF.