Three Homemade Anti Pest Solutions You Can Use at Home
Dealing with a pest infestation is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, but rushing to the hardware store to stock up on fungicides, pesticides, and other potentially harmful or toxic substances isn’t always the best solution either.
Not only can these chemicals damage your garden, but some of the substances produced for indoor use can actually harm your pets, or affect the quality of your living environment. Luckily, chemicals are not the only solution, when it comes to dealing with pests.
Whether you’re facing an infestation in your garden or inside your home, here are some natural, home-made solutions you can try, in your battle against pests.
Canola and ivory:
Insects with soft bodies can be killed with a wholly natural solution, made with a tablespoon of canola oil, several drops of ivory soap solution, and a quart of water. This solution works, because insects cannot survive in an oily environment, yet will be attracted to it by the presence of water. Simply mix all of the ingredients listed above, make sure they have blended well into each other, and then transfer the resulted liquid into a spray bottle.
Then, spray all the areas inside your home and garden, which have been infested with aphids or mites, with this spray. The best application technique is from the top down, then from the bottom up, in order to make sure you’re covering as much ground as possible, as well as hitting some of the more inaccessible spots on the leaves of the damaged plants.
Pepper and ivory oil:
As anyone who has ever had to deal with them knows, mites are some of the most difficult insects to get rid of. What can kill them (as well as other insects) is a mixture of cayenne pepper and ivory oil—the kind used to make soap with. Use two tablespoons of hot pepper sauce or cayenne, several drops of ivory soap oil, and a quart of water.
Leave the solution stand at room temperature overnight, then shake, and transfer to a spray bottle. Since pepper will not blend homogenously with oil, make sure you shake the bottle properly, and as often as possible, during use. Spray up and down, then down and up.
Rabbit and rat extermination can be efficiently handled through the use of peppermint since most pest rodents are allergic to it. If you have compost bins or tumblers in your garden, make sure they and the area around them are clean and sealed tight.
Then scatter peppermint-dipped rags around the garden, in the areas you know have been exposed to rodent damage. For the deterrent itself, you can purchase peppermint oil from your local health food store. Always use in dry weather, as the rags will be washed down of oil by the rain.