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Safe Pesticide Tips

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Using a safe pesticide around the house has become an important issue for many people. People are afraid to use commercial pesticides because they worry about damage to the environment, and possible toxic effects on children and pets. There are ways to make your own safe pesticide, and you won’t have to worry about toxicity to people, pets, or the environment. Most homemade pesticides are made of organic materials that are naturally repellent to insects. You can use these types of pesticides to deter bug infestations around the home. Here are some popular recipes for making a safe pesticide.

  • Pepper. Many homemade pesticides use pepper or garlic, because insects do not like these strong flavors. A simple way to make a pepper pesticide is to chop up jalapeno peppers, garlic and onions. Mix them with hot pepper sauce and a small amount of liquid soap. Pour this mixture into a spray bottle, then add just enough water to make it sprayable.
  • Vegetable oil. This pesticide is especially effective against aphids, mealybugs, scales, thrips and mites. Simply mix one cup of vegetable oil with a tablespoon of liquid soap. Blend with one cup of water and pour into a spray bottle.
  • Liquid soap. Liquid soap diluted with water is a very popular and effective natural pesticide. When the soap mixture is sprayed on plants, the insects are suffocated and die. The only drawback is that you need to reapply it on a regular basis, because it gets diluted by rainfall, or even moisture in the air. Use a soft liquid soap for this recipe, not detergent (detergents will kill the insects, but also destroy the plant).
  • Tomato and corn starch for roses. If you grow tomatoes in your garden, you have one of the ingredients for a very effective spray for your rose bushes. Simply take a cup of tomato leaves, two pints of water, and two teaspoons of corn starch. Strain this mixture with cheesecloth and spray on your roses. You’ll be happy with the results.
  • Garlic spray. This will handle almost all garden pests effectively. Crush three garlic cloves into a pulp and slowly introduce water into the pulpy mixture till you have enough to fill a spray bottle. If you want an even stronger pesticide, add half a cayenne pepper and a teaspoon each of dish soap and lemon juice. This mixture will lay waste to bugs in your garden.

If you’re looking for a safe pesticide, these homemade recipes will do the trick.

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