August 7, 2015

An Excellent Homemade Insecticide

I found this recipe on the Back Yard Growers Forum that I belong to. I am learning more and more about how harmful chemical sprays and yes, even fertilizers are to our health and the health of our gardens and plants. Here is the post:

Jamie Powers said:

Homemade Insecticidal Soap

Bugs normally aren’t a big problem in your garden as natural predators will keep the bad guys in check. Sometimes though, Mother Nature needs a hand if bug populations get out of balance. That is where you can help. A soap based insecticide is very safe for the environment and your family. It works by drowning the offending pest. Here is an easy recipe to make your own.
  • Materials Needed: A tightly lidded jar that holds 2 cups of liquid (for example a mason or mayonnaise jar) and a spray bottle.
  • Ingredients: 1 cup of vegetable oil; 1 tablespoon of Ivory liquid soap, or another pure liquid soap. Note: Adding a teaspoon of garlic or pepper to this recipe can make it more effective as a pest deterrent if desired.
  • Making the Insecticidal Soap: Add the oil and the liquid soap to the jar, and shake the jar vigorously to mix the soap and oil well. Add 2 teaspoons of the mixture to every cup of water in the spray bottle when ready to use.
  • How to use Insecticidal Soap: Shake the spray bottle often while applying to keep the water and oil mixture blended. Spray the plant all over; both the top and bottom of the leaves. Try to avoid spraying in the direct sun to avoid scorching the leaves. Insecticidal soap works by drowning the offending pest, so the trick is to get the spray on the bug. The residual acts to deter future bugs.
You may need to reapply 2-3 times with 2-3 days between applications. Then wait a week or so. Watch for the presence on new bugs.

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