Top Ten Garden Hints – No 9 – Natural Bug Spray Recipe
Natural Bug Spray Recipe. Watch PBS-TV’s GardenRx master gardener Loren Nancarrow, learn his best homemade recipe for a natural bug spray in this great video.
Are mealybugs, aphids, and other obnoxious bugs making themselves at home in your garden? If you want to stop them in their tracks and stop them from doing more harm to your plants, try spraying some organic, mild, and inexpensive homemade soap on them. Continue reading to discover how simple it is to make your own!
An application of insecticidal soap is very effective at eliminating small, soft-bodied pest insects like aphids, mealybugs, spider mites, white flies, and scale when properly mixed and applied. On the other hand, it doesn’t harm beneficial insects like ladybugs, lacewings, or bees, isn’t harmful to wildlife, and is gentle on plants.
Also known as horticultural soap, insecticidal soap kills insects with soft bodies by breaking their delicate cell membranes. It basically covers and penetrates the body’s natural barrier of protection, causing them to desiccate, or dry out. It is not “poisoning” them; rather, it kills them physically using pest-specific methods.
Simply combine a few drops of peppermint oil and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap for every two quarts of water.
Simply combine 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap per 2 quarts of water and a few drops of peppermint oil. Mix together and add to your sprayer. Spraying insect soap spray directly on the pests is the only way to kill them. Give them a thorough coat. To get to bugs that are hard to reach, turn the leaves over or peel off the curled ones as needed. As needed, reapply soap spray every four to seven days.
Watch the short video for a more tips on bug spray ingredients.