The number of people who experience some kind of discomfort when using cleaning products, chemicals or paints is growing today. For this reason, when it comes to taking care of our garden, it is interesting to know some more organic options to the use of conventional insecticides for those people who suffer from discomfort or simply want to take care of their garden in a completely natural way.
It is possible to make organic insecticides with some daily use products that we have at home, so in the following article we will tell you how to make natural insecticides for plants.
What are natural insecticides
These insecticides are a good option to keep our garden healthy and free of the most common pests, without using conventional insecticides, which expose both our family members and all the fruits that come out of our garden or garden to chemicals. Among these natural insecticides, there are some homemade insecticides that are effective, inexpensive and easy to make. They are insecticides made with products for daily use in the home such as garlic, milk or chili.
Homemade Garlic-Based Insecticides
These insecticides have been shown to be effective against aphids and ants . It is applied to plants in the form of a spray. The ingredients that are needed are just a head of garlic, a saucepan, water and a diffuser (for application). The steps to follow to make homemade garlic insecticide are:
- Let several cloves of garlic rest in the saucepan in a liter of water for a full day.
- Cook them over low heat for 15 minutes and let it cool afterwards.
- Put it in the diffuser, mix it and apply it on the plants.
Homemade insecticides with milk
These homemade insecticides are useful against mites and as a fungicidal method , because lactic acid is useful to combat fungi (among other things, due to its pH) and as a beneficial effect, mineral salts enrich the soil. To make a homemade insecticide with milk you will have to do the following:
- Mix ½ cup of buttermilk with 12-13 liters of water.
- Mix with 3 ½ cups of wheat flour.
- Put it in the diffuser and apply it to the plants as a spray.
Homemade insecticides with chili peppers
Insecticides that use spices (such as pepper or chili peppers) as the main ingredient can fight a wide range of pests. The steps for preparing a homemade chili pepper insecticide are:
- Place 6-10 chilies with two cups of water in a blender at high speed for 2 minutes.
- Rest the mixture overnight.
- Filter and add another glass of water.
- Put it in the diffuser and apply it to the plants.
Homemade insecticides with tobacco
The insecticides prepared with tobacco are useful in the fight against insects, since the nicotine in the leaves is toxic to many insects, which will not even come close to these plants. The steps for its preparation are:
- Make a mash with 3-4 cigarettes and half a liter of water.
- Let the mixture rest in a container for two days.
- Filter the mixture by passing it through a fine strainer.
- Place in the diffuser and apply.
Homemade insecticides with nettles
Nettles, in addition to causing painful stinging on the skin, also offer good results as a natural insecticide. In this case, the steps to follow to make an insecticide with nettles are:
- Pick up some nettles with thick gloves and place them in a bucket.
- Cover it with water.
- Let the mixture rest for a week.
- Place in the diffuser and apply.
Homemade insecticides with tomato plants
The insecticides made with the leaves of the tomato plant are very useful to fight against aphids, caterpillars and worms , because the leaves of this plant are very rich in alkaloids, which is why it is useful to fight against the pests of these insects. The steps to manufacture these insecticides are:
- Chop tomato leaves to make two cups, fill with water and rest the mixture overnight.
- Add two glasses of water and mix well.
- Put it in the diffuser and apply it.
Homemade insecticides with egg
The insecticides home made with eggshells are useful for combating snails and caterpillars. Another beneficial property is that due to its high concentration of calcium carbonate, nitrogen and other nutrients, they increase the fertility of our soils. The steps to follow in this case are:
- Chop eggshells into a lolly.
- Sprinkle around the bases of your plants, creating a barrier.