Nothing is more beneficial for the plant than using natural DIY insecticides to treat the pests. Natural substance doesn’t only safely terminate insects like aphides but provides many benefits. But unfortunately, even though we use natural insecticides, they are still compounds used to harm insects.
And if they are used excessively, they can cause harm to the soil as well. So taking precautions is a must whether using chemicals or natural insecticides. One more thing, when choosing from a lot of methods, makes sure to use the one suit best for your plant problem.
All in one homemade spray
This DIY method is made by combining more than one recipe of pest termination method to make the most effective solution.
To make this solution:
Grind one bulb of garlic and one small onion.
Add one teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the grind garlic and onion mixture and let it rest for an hour.
Mix this solution with one tablespoon of liquid soap.
Dilute it in water and fill up the spray bottle with this solution.
Spray this solution properly on the upwards and downside of the plant leaves and new buds. To terminate the bugs that live deep inside. Insects are more attracted to newly bloomed buds for leave, so make sure not to leave them.
Tomato leaf spray
Tomato leaf spray was new to me as well. But it’s worth using. When I dig into how it works, the reason is “tomatine.” Tomato plants are the nightshade family and contain “Tomatine,” which effectively terminates the insects like aphides and many more.
To make tomato leaf spray put two cups of freshly chopped tomato leaves and put it into 4 cups of water. Let it rest overnight. Strain the solution and use the water to spray the plant.
Soap Solution to win over pest
Soap solution is another non-toxic method to deal with pests. Take 4 cups of water, add 1.25 tablespoons of liquid soap, two teaspoons of neem oil, and one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Mix the solution well and fill the spray bottle with it. Then, spray the solution on the plants to keep bugs away.
Note – do the patch test before applying any spray to your plant.
Dilute one part of vinegar with three pieces of water; add a few drops of liquid soap. Shake the solution well and use it on plants. Use this natural insecticide to keep the bugs away from the plants.
Baking soda spray
Baking soda is another homemade remedy to terminate the insect problem. This solution is also helpful in removing the fungus from the plant. Add two spoons of baking soda in a gallon of water and stir it. After mixing the solution well, fill it in spray bottle and spray it on the plants.
Epsom salt spray
Epsom salt works excellent when wanting to pests like snails and slugs. To make the DIY spray with Epsom salt, dilute 1 cup of salt in five gallons of water. Then, use the solution after filling the spray bottle with it. You can also directly rub the Epsom salt on plant leaves to save them from crawling insects.