If you love growing your own veggies, then knowing how to make natural homemade insecticides will go a long way towards a goal of producing non-toxic, healthy vegetables. Growing a garden in your home or on the balcony is a great way to get in touch with the food chain. Whatever you grow, you are sure that it will be great, healthy, and not chock full of chemicals. If you want to make sure your efforts are sustainable, you will need to avoid not to use chemical insecticides and use natural homemade insecticides. In this article, we will share some great natural homemade insecticide options.
Top Homemade Insect Killer
1. Tomato Leaves
Tomatoes are a part of the nightshade family which contains alkaloids that are highly deadly to insects. Humans on the other hand don’t have an issue with alkaloids. To make a natural tomato insecticide, you’ll need to get 2 cups of freshly cut-up tomato leaves. You need to make sure to take them from the base of the tomato plant and mix them with 4 cups of water and let them sit overnight.
Just strain and remove the chopped plant leaves and spray the remaining stuff on your plants you wish to save from insects.
2. Chilli Pepper
This natural homemade insecticide can even harm humans to make sure you’re wearing safety goggles and gloves while using them. You should also use a face mask while you’re making the chili pepper insecticide. The insecticide can hurt you a lot if it gets into your eyes, nose, or mouth.
To make it, you need to get some fresh peppers, if you don’t have them, you can use powdered chili. Cut them up and then drop a half cup of them in 4 cups of boiling water. Once it cools down, strain it, add some drops of liquid soap into the mix. Shake it and spray the liquid on your plants. It is one of the best natural homemade insecticides.
3. Diatomaceous Earth
Before using diatomaceous earth as a natural insecticide, you should know that some animals don’t react well to diatomaceous earth. If you have pets in your home then you should research the uses before you buy them. If your pets aren’t in any danger with the soil, then you should just scatter it all over your plant.
It works as a natural homemade insecticide by dehydrating the bugs to death by taking out water from the fatty tissues in their bodies. If it rains, you will need to reapply it on your plants.
4. Soap Spray
This is another natural homemade insecticide that you can use to keep the bugs off your plants. Take 1.5 teaspoons of liquid soap and mix it well in 4 cups of water and spray it all over the plants. The soap blocks the pores of the insects that come in contact with the mixture. It makes the bugs suffocate to death.
Use this solution in the early morning or late evening for better results. If you use the mixture in the middle of the day, it’ll just evaporate.
5. Oil Spray
Mix a cup of vegetable oil with a tablespoon of liquid soap and shake it up. Take 2 tablespoons of your oil mix and mix it well with 4 cups of water. Shake it thoroughly and then spray it all over your plants that your infestations are on.
This is slightly stickier than the soap spray and maybe much more effective on stubborn bugs.
6. Neem Oil
You can easily get neem oil from any store near you, follow the directions listed on the bottle. The next step includes you spraying all over everything in your garden that has an insect problem.
Neem oil comes from the seeds of the tree and it is known as a very powerful natural homemade insecticide. It can destroy insects at any stage of development and it is 100% biodegradable and it is completely non-toxic to all kinds of animal life. Neem oil is also full of anti-fungal properties so it can remove any mildew on your plants as well.
7. Garlic Blast
Another homemade natural insecticide on our list is the garlic-based insecticide. You need to take 2 bulbs of garlic, make a puree of them in a blender with a bit of water. Take the mix in 4 cups of water, let it sit overnight, and strain it. Then add a teaspoon of liquid soap. The next step is to take 1 cup of the mix and mix it with 4 cups of water. Spray it well all over your plants.
8 A Bit of Everything
Take an onion, a bulb of garlic, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix them well in a blender. Let the mix sit for an hour. Mix it well with 4 cups of water, a tablespoon of liquid soap. Use it on your plants, and it is one of the strongest natural homemade insecticides as it combines all the major factors from all the other methods we have mentioned above.