DIY bug sprays are a great way to save money and feel good about what you’re spraying on your garden. The best thing about homemade bug sprays is that you can tailor them to exactly what you need and want them to do. If you have problems with flies and mosquitoes, you might want to try one of these recipes the next time you’re looking for an effective organic repellent.
If you’re looking for a natural bug spray to keep pests away from your vegetable plants, look no further. This homemade pesticide is safe for humans and pets and works well as a natural deterrent for aphids, beetles, and caterpillars.
Making your own bug spray for vegetable plants is a great way to avoid using harsh chemicals around your family and pets. It’s also a good way to save some money because you can make large batches of the spray and use it over and over.
The best homemade bug spray for vegetable plants is one that works, but it also has to be easy to make. There are a few different options available, including sprays that are made with essential oils and others that rely on natural ingredients like garlic or pepper. But do these work? Let’s take a look at each of them individually:
What Is The Best Homemade Bug Spray For Vegetable Plants?
The best way to learn how to make your own homemade bug spray for vegetable plants is by following the directions below.
- Step 1: Mix together one part water and two parts rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle or small bowl, and stir.
- Step 2: Add two tablespoons of liquid dish soap (Dawn is best) into your mixture from step 1.
- Step 3: Add 10 drops of citronella essential oil per gallon of solution from steps 1 and 2 above.
- Apply this mixture directly on top of all leaves, stems, flowers, and fruits in order to keep them safe from damage by pests like aphids or caterpillars. Spray every other day until you see no more signs of pests eating away at your vegetables!
Homemade Garlic-Mint Garden Insect Spray
Garlic is a known pesticide and can be used to kill or deter the growth of many insects. Mint has been found to have repellent properties when used with other essential oils. It’s also an herb that smells great and will help keep your plants fresh-smelling, but it will also help keep pests away from your garden by masking their smell.
- Garlic cloves (one per plant)
- Mint leaves (one handful per plant)
Oil-Based Homemade Bug Spray For Vegetables
Oil-based homemade bug spray for vegetables is effective against most pests. It’s also easy to make and use, as you can simply mix the oil and water together in a spray bottle, then apply it directly onto your plants.
The best oils to use are olive, canola, or sunflower oil. You can also experiment with other oils if you like—just make sure they’re edible so they don’t kill your plants (you don’t want an oily herb garden!).
A 1:1 ratio of oil to water works best for this recipe; if you want a stronger solution, add more oil than water. For example: if you want 5 oz of a solution made from 1 part oil and 4 parts water (1:4), use 2 oz of vegetable oil and 3 oz of water instead.
Spicy Pepper Spray For Pests
- First, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. The base of this spray is made from garlic, onions, and dried hot peppers in a vinegar solution.
- To prepare the mixture, cut up three cloves of garlic and one large onion into small pieces (no larger than 1/8 inch) before mixing with four tablespoons of hot pepper flakes in a quart jar with tight-fitting lid or plastic container that can be covered tightly with saran wrap or another type of food-grade cover. Pour over two cups of apple cider vinegar and seal well if using glass containers like jars that are prone to leaking because they can explode when combined with heat or pressure! If using plastic containers make sure there is no way for the liquid inside them to come into contact with metal parts which may corrode upon contact causing possible injury from electrical shock.
- Let this sit at room temperature overnight before straining out solids through cheesecloth by pouring off the excess liquid into the sink through a strainer lined with dampened paper towels laid over top followed by squeezing out as much extra moisture as possible without splashing yourself too hard since its better safe than sorry when handling hot peppers
Homemade Neem Oil Spray for Plants
A neem oil spray is another effective and safe method of pest control. Neem oil is derived from the seeds of the neem tree, which are highly toxic to insects. Neem oil works by smothering bugs’ exoskeletons and preventing them from feeding, as well as killing eggs laid by pests on your plants. It’s also effective against a wide range of pests that may damage your vegetable garden, including aphids, spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs.
In addition to being an effective insecticide on its own merits alone, neem oil kills both adult insects as well as their larvae (eggs), neem oil can be used in combination with other pesticides to create even more potent effects when combating unwanted visitors
If you want to try making a homemade neem oil spray for yourself at home using common household ingredients like vinegar or water (both will work), keep reading for more information about how this natural pesticide works its magic so that you can add it into your arsenal today.
Use a mixture of garlic, mint, and other ingredients to make your own bug spray.
To make your own bug spray, you’ll need to combine several ingredients. Garlic, mint, and other herbs are natural repellents. You can also try adding in some citronella essential oil or even catnip for cats to deter pests from your plants.
As with any homemade product, make sure you use organic ingredients whenever possible to minimize the risk of pesticides on whatever food you’re growing.
With this guide, we hope you’re well on your way to making your own homemade bug spray, But before you go sprinting off into the garden with a spray bottle in hand, remember that even though these products work well, there are other things you can do to keep pests away from your plants.