There are many homemade pest control recipes that are nontoxic and inexpensive to make. Plus, they are very effective at controlling and eradicating insects, disease and pests that can harm organic gardens. Some of the most common pest problems can be dealt with naturally and toxic free, which is healthier for you as well as for your garden.
5 Non-toxic Pesticides for Organic Gardens
Here are a few recipes that will help you get started with nontoxic pest control management for your organic garden.
Aphids and Mites
1 tablespoon canola oil
5 drops of Ivory liquid soap
1 quart of water
Mix together and shake well. Pour into a handy spray bottle.
Spray affected plant from top down and then on the underside of leaves and stem. Insects are smothered by the oil.
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 quart of water
Mix together. Pour into spray container and apply to affected
areas. Repeat spraying every few days until the disease disappears.
A product called Milky Spore can be purchased that kills grubs. It’s a biological pest control that grubs eat. It causes them to develop a disease that kills them.
This natural pest control can remain active in the soil for many years, controlling the population of Japanese beetles (grubs are immature larvae). It is considered harmless to food crops.
Powdery mildew disease
Mix equal parts water and milk, then pray on affected plants. Do this every other week for three treatments in total.
Slugs, Earwigs and Other Insects
Sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around the edges of garden beds and over plants to get rid of soft bodied pests.
The particles are extremely sharp abd work as a mechanical killer to pests as they travel over the powder. It is very effective and can commonly be found in garden centers.
These pest control methods are best applied either early in the morning or before dark in the evening. Re-apply a treatment after rain. Always wear protective clothing when using pest control methods.
Remember that non-toxic homemade pesticides will not only kill the harmful pests, but it can also kill the helpful ones. So, only apply treatments to the affected plants.