June 21, 2010
Natural Insect Sprays for Garden and People
To say the least, I didn't use the Sevin. I dug out all my reference books on organic gardening in hopes of finding a natural insect spray. Bingo! Good ole Jerry Baker had just what I needed in one of his books. Recipes to follow. I also want to tell you about a wonderful natural bug repellent for people that I found from my fellow Twitterer, Michelle, of Funky Chunks Soap Company. It is made from natural oils and other good stuff and no DEET! It works for me, the other night I was sitting on my studio porch and watched a mosquito hover over my arm and fly away without biting me! Read this article about the dangers of DEET. So get a bottle of Quit Buggin" spray and save your brain!
Now here are the recipes that I used to run off the beetles and save my bees. I tweaked them a little from the original and they worked great for me. Just remember organic treatments are not as "instant" as poisonous chemicals. I found within 24 hours the population of beetles was significantly less and today - 3 days later they are almost gone.
Spray for Leaf Eaters
4-6 fresh garlic cloves
2 hot peppers (the hotter the better)
1 sm onion
1 qt water
3 drops of baby shampoo
Blend everything EXCEPT THE BABY SHAMPOO until liquefied.
Let this mixture set overnight, strain out the solids, add the baby shampoo, pour into a hand held sprayer and spray everything that the bugs like to eat. Be sure to wash this off any edible plants before eating unless you like EXTRA SPICY!
This one is for direct kill
1 cup rubbing alcohol
2 teas. vegetable oil
1 qt water
Mix all together and spray directly on insects.
It takes a few minutes but the bugs will soon drop off your plants.
This one for Mildew worked real well on my squash plants and the bee balm:
1 tables. hydrogen peroxide
1 Tables. baby shampoo
1 teas. instant tea granules
2 cups water
Mix all in a hand held sprayer and mist the leaves thoroughly.
Jerry says mid-afternoon on a cloudy day works best but I sprayed on a hot sunny day and got good results.