Top 8 Natural Insecticide and why is Safe for your Garden


Managing your own garden can be very cumbersome and tiring, especially when your garden is being invaded by a lot of insects like ants, aphids, flies, termites and squash bugs  and this when natural insecticide come into play.

That’s why protecting your garden against these insects and pests is very important especially during summer when most of them are very active, and they can make your garden more vulnerable. Then this where it come in the use of naturally homemade insecticides to battle against these unwanted enemies.

You will not want to you conventional or chemical insecticides because they do more harm than good, particularly if most of what you plant in your garden are edible or consumable by your households. They also expose you to cancer risk or other related diseases.

First farmers used naturally produce insecticides to deter pests and insects because the conventional insecticides were not yet produced then, and it was very safe to apply and use them. They are safe for us as human and for our environment.Top 8 Natural Insecticide and why is Safe for your Garden

Here are the list of natural  insecticide for garden:

1. Garlic as a natural  Insecticide

Garlic has a lot of home remedies benefits that is almost unlimited. Garlic is commonly known for its culinary and medicinal purposed, but it can also be used as natural insecticides. It has its origin from Europe, Asia, and Africa .Garlic is majorly use as a season in many part of the world.Insects like, termites, white flies, aphids, caterpillars, beetles, wire-worms, imported cabbage worms, mice, mites, moles and ants can be easily eliminated by garlic.

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Dice 3.5 ounces of garlic in very smaller piece to increase surface area and allow it juice mix with water.
  • Mix the garlic equal amounts of water and of mild organic soap.
  • Strain the mixture using a cheese cloth or strainer.
  • Dilute the mixture in 5 liters of water and put into a spray bottle. For the best results use immediately after mixing, because with time it potency will be reducing.

2. Tobacco as a natural Insecticide

Top 8 Natural Insecticide and why is Safe for your Garden

Nicotine in tobacco is an active substance to ward off insects in your garden. Insects like, gnats, root, white-flies, and leaf aphids, thrips and leaf miners cannot withstand nicotine. Here is how you can make your own homemade tobacco juice to fight off insects in garden

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Add one cup of tobacco into one gallon of water and mix it very well
  • Allow the mixture to sit for a day
  • Pour the mixture through a mesh cheesecloth or strainer into a container and put in a spray bottle.
Caution-Do do use this solution on plants, such as potatoes, peppers, eggplants, and tomatoes.

3. Eucalyptus Oil as a natural Insecticide

 Eucalyptus oil is a very potent natural homemade insecticide for warding off insects. It has a very strong aroma that repel insect like aphids, white-flies, mites, and earwigs. You can also use Eucalyptus plant as a mulch and spread it on your garden floor. This will slowly decay in the soil and release oil from the stems.

Top 8 Natural Insecticide and why is Safe for your Garden

How to apply it to your Garden

  •  Mix 1 teaspoon eucalyptus oil with half teaspoon liquid detergent
  • Add 2 cups water.
  • Shake well in a spray bottle and spray to plants.
  • This can be repeated every three days until the infestation is gone.

While many people think any natural remedy is safe for people and pets, they should still be used with caution. Eucalyptus oil is used mostly in commercial medicines; however direct contact with concentrated oil can cause skin irritation, that is why sometimes we add carrier oil to it before application.

4. Onions as an Insecticide

Onions is very similar in properties to garlic. It’s can ward off insects like , spiders, ants, ticks, beetles, gnats, caterpillars, lice, roaches, centipedes, aphids, fleas, nits, silverfish, moths, other flying bugs. It is very effective natural homemade insecticide for garden plants

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Onion spray is also made in a similar manner as garlic spray:
  • Cut some onions and mix into a quart of boiling water.
  • To increase its effectiveness, add one tablespoon of cayenne pepper and garlic.
  • Pour the cool mixture into a spray bottle. You can use this mixture for a 7 days.

5. Neem oil as a natural Insecticide

Neem oil is extracted from the seeds and fruits of the neem tree. Neem oil is efficient because is very toxic to any insect that ingest it and neem is safe for beneficial insects.Neem oil repels different types of insects, for example, bug, beet army-worm, aphids, thrips, mites, beetles, fungus gnats, cabbage worms, nematodes, white-flies and mushroom flies.

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Combine half ounce of neem oil with half teaspoon of mild organic soap.
  • Add neem oil and soap into two quarts of water.
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

6. Chrysanthemum as a natural Insecticide

Chrysanthemum is very beneficial in fighting against insects because it has a very powerful chemical substance named pyrethrum. Chrysanthemum can be used to fight against insects like flies, aphids, bed bugs, bees and wasps, spider mites, an d ticks.

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Boil 100gram of dried chrysanthemum flower in a liter of water
  • Allow it to boil for about 20 to 30 minutes
  • Strain the mixture and pour it cold into spray bottle.
  • The mixture will still be potent for 2 months, and if you like you can add neem oil to increase the effectiveness

7. Citrus Oil and/or Cayenne Pepper Mix as an natural Insecticide

Citrus Oil and Cayenne Pepper Mix another power natural insecticide that works well on insects.

Top 8 Natural Insecticide and why is Safe for your Garden

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Combine 10 drops of citrus essential oil with one teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Add 1 cup of warm water and pour it into a spray bottle
  • Make sure you Shake it very well and spray in the affected areas.

8. Himalayan Crystal salt  as a natural Insecticide

Himalayan is a powerful salt and it has a lot of health benefits, but it can also be used as a natural insecticide to ward of insect like spider mites.

How to apply it to your Garden

  • Mix two tablespoon of Himalayan salt with gallon of warm water.
  • Pour it inside a spray bottle and apply it to affected areas in your garden

Uses of Epsom salt . Read:12 most amazing uses of Epsom-salt in the Garden

Epsom salt  as natural  insecticide

Epsom salt is an effective natural insecticide. Because it contains sulfur and magnesium which are active mineral compound for pest deterrent. Sprinkling Epsom salts onto your garden rows can beat back different pests, including, groundhogs, deer and rabbits.

How to apply it: Simply add two tablespoons of Epsom salt into one gallon of water and put it in a spray bottle. If you notice any pests moving about in your garden you can spray them down with Epsom salt solution.

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