'Tis the season to be gardening. And with it, 'tis the season to be ridding your garden of nasty pests that munch on your prized plants.
I love creating my own DIY deterrents to rid the garden of those pesky pests, without harming my plants, myself, or the environment. These non-toxic recipes are very inexpensive and simple to make at home. The Recipes: I like to keep the following around. The first two are liquid mixes that I store in a spray bottle, while the last two are simple shakes made from ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet.
- Homemade Insecticide Spray
- DIY Ant and Gnat Remover
- Rabbit Deterrent
- All-Purpose Critter Deterrents
1. Non-Toxic All Purpose Insecticide Spray
- 3 cups warm water
- 8 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 Tbls. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 medium onion, quartered
- 1/2 tsp liquid Castile soap, fragrance free
Add the 3 cups of very warm water to a blender.
2. Add the garlic and the onions.
Then, add the cayenne pepper. Do not lick your fingers. I repeat...do not lick your fingers.
Finally, add the liquid castille soap.
Throw all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Transfer to a spray bottle using a funnel.
Lightly mist the offended plants with the insecticide spray. Bugs won't like the spicy smell and take off for greener pastures. This works great on any plants-whether potted or planted in the ground.
2. Non-Toxic Ant and Gnat Remover. I make this spray for small, spastic bugs that evade my every move.
- 1 tsp. natural, mild dish soap
- 3 C Water
Using a funnel, add the dish soap to an empty spray bottle.
Next, add the water to the spray bottle.
Shake, spray and smile as the ants go slip-sliding off of your precious leaves. That's it! Just be sure to wash all leaves or fruit before consuming.
3. All-Purpose Critter Deterent. Simply fill a shaker canister with garlic salt. This will deter almost any critter.
Squirrels hate the smell, slugs can't stand it and dogs quit relieving themselves on your squash plants when you carefully sprinkle this around the soil.
*Note-Do not sprinkle on the leaves of the plant. This will actually kill them. Not that I've ever done that....nope. Just shake a light coating on the soil at the base of the plant.
4. Make your very own Bunny Deterrent by filling up a shaker canister with Cayenne pepper.
Sprinkle around the edge of your garden and flower beds. Cayenne pepper doesn't burn the leaves of the plants or your grass like garlic salt will. Bunnies don't like to sniff this spicy spice and look next door for an easier harvest.
If you'd like to print the labels used in this project, you can easily download them here! They're designed for Avery 22820 oval labels, but could be adapted to fit whatever you can find.
Do you have any DIY recipes for natural pest deterrents? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Happy non-toxic, pest-free gardening!
Rebekah Greiman is the creator of Potholes and Pantyhose, a web blog dedicated to original DIY projects. Rebekah’s detailed tutorials are written to educate and entertain, while highlighting crafts, home decor, recipes, remodeling and more. See them all at Potholes and Pantyhose.
Techniques : gardening
Room : outdoor