Pests are among the most unwanted and most harmful insects and animals that home owners and gardeners have to deal with. They do not only destroy plants and damage properties, but they also bring diseases.
To control their growth and minimise their destruction, there is a need to observe pest control measures. Depending on the type of pest and the extent of the damage done, you can either handle pest control yourself or call on experts to help manage and eliminate the pest.
There are different pest control methods and products available in the market today. However, if you are dealing with pests yourself, it is always best to use safe and natural pest control solutions. Natural homemade pest control recipes are safe for both people and the environment. Plus, they are easy on the pocket!
Common Homemade Pest Control Solutions
Garlic is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It is effective for keeping small sucking insects such as aphids and caterpillars at bay.
You will need:
Combine the crushed garlic with the oil, dish-washing soap, and water. Allow to sit overnight, then strain the mixture. Spray on plants.
2. Bicarbonate of Soda or Baking Soda
Fungus occurs as a result of humidity, not enough spacing between plants, and excessive rain. To treat fungal problems in your garden, use a fungicide spray.
You will need:
Mix the ingredients thoroughly and spray on plants.
3. Onion, Garlic, and Chili
In addition to garlic, onion and chilies are also considered staple ingredients when making an effective all-around pest control solution for insects and bugs.
You will need:
Crush or puree the chilies, onions, and garlic. Mix with water and dish-washing soap and let it sit overnight. Strain and add 5 litres of water. Spray on plants.
When using natural home-made pesticides, it is important to keep in mind not to use bleach-based soaps or detergents because bleach is considered harmful to plants. It is also advisable to test out the home-made mixture on a small area of the plant first to make sure it would not cause more damage.
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