Looking for homemade natural pest repellent recipes which are both safe for you and your plants? Amazingly, a lot of gardeners now are becoming increasingly aware of the downside of easily available yet harmful pesticides. That's why you'll also find natural and organic options for getting rid of garden pests like these DIY natural pest repellent recipes!
DIY Natural Pest Repellent In Two Easy Ways
Concerned about synthetic pest repellent which could potentially harm you and your plants? Well, you've got a reason to be concerned, especially when the effects of synthetic pesticides range from short-term effects like allergic reactions to long-term effects such as cancer. That's the reason why I grow fruits and vegetables–for a clean and safe food for my family. Quit buying synthetic and harmful pesticides and make your own safe and free natural pesticides with these easy DIY guides.
Homemade Pest Repellent From Garden Herbs And Spices
What You Will Need For A Homemade Pest Repellent:
- Peppermint herbs
- Cloves of garlic
- Cayenne Pepper
- Biodegradable Liquid Soap
- Food processor
Step 1. Process Peppermint And Garlic
Put 3 cups of mint leaves and a cup of garlic cloves into a food processor to chop up the ingredients into bits. Once they're chopped up, put the mixture into a cooking pot with water.
Step 2. Boil Processed Ingredients
Add more water to the cooking pot, then add a couple of teaspoons of cayenne. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it sit overnight.
Step 3. Strain Liquid Concoction
Strain the liquid into a large container to take out bits and pieces of garlic and mint leaves.
Step 4. Add Biodegradable Liquid Soap
Lastly, add a couple of squirts of biodegradable liquid soap to the mixture.
Step 5. Apply Garlic And Mint Pest Repellent Spray
You can use your homemade natural pest repellent for your vegetables and any other plants bugged by pests by directly spraying the leaves since it's safe for your plants.
Follow the step-by-step tutorial in this video:
DIY Natural Pest Repellent From Kitchen Ingredients
What You Will Need For A DIY Pest Repellent:
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Peppermint oil
- Plastic Cup
- Basin or plastic container
- Hot water in a kettle
Step 1. Mix Spice Ingredients
What you need for this easy homemade pest repellent could be available in your very kitchen or even in your garden. Take an eight of a teaspoon of each spice ingredient and pour them into a plastic cup.
Step 2. Prepare Mixture To Steep
Lay a cheesecloth flat on a table and pour the mixture of spice ingredient over the surface. Wrap the cheesecloth up and secure with a tie, then put it in a basin or plastic container.
Step 3. Steeping Mixture
Pour hot water over the cheesecloth which is basically making a tea from the ingredients. Let the tea bag steep for a few minutes or until the liquid cools down.
Step 4. Transfer Liquid To A Sprayer
Take out the cheesecloth from the basin and pour the tea into a bottle or a sprayer
Step 5: Adding Last Ingredients
Lastly, pour a drop or two or peppermint oil into the liquid or tea in your sprayer. Give your bottle a shake to mix things up and you're ready to apply your homemade natural pest repellent!
You can watch the full tutorial for making a homemade pest repellent in this video:
Protecting your plants is important, so make sure you fight those pests without harming your plants and your health with your own non-plant-killing natural pest repellent!
Have you tried this recipe on your plants? I'd be glad to find out how your application went with your plants. Share them in the comments section below.
You can also protect your plants naturally with a barrier. Learn how to build your own homemade greenhouse easily here.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
Feature image source via Mariezhelo