Organic Pest Control Tips and Hacks
If you follow me on YouTube, you know I’ve had my fair share of difficulties this growing season. In a last desperate attempt to salvage my chance at growing squash this fall—despite an awful whitefly infestation—I bought some very hot peppers at the grocery store, and got to work on a spray recipe!
This is probably not an insecticide (I don’t think it kills them), but more of a pest deterrent. I don’t care what it is, as long as it keeps these little bugs from eating my plants!
I won’t mince my words and say this is a fool-proof method of pest control, but it HAS helped quite a bit. You HAVE to stay on top of reapplication (especially if you live in a wet climate), but this combined with sticky yellow cups has helped my plants get back on their feet, and hopefully, production soon.
Fair warning, you are essentially making pepper spray. The fumes (not just the splatter) is enough to make your throat burn when you’re blending it, so I suggest making it outside, and maybe wear a bandanna or respirator on your face when you make it (you could also reduce the amount of peppers, but I’d rather have a strong spray to dilute than it not be strong enough). Without further ado, here is my “Witches Brew Spicy Garden Spray.”
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Organic Pesticide Spray Recipe:
- Peel all of the garlic and add the cloves to your water (use the cup that came with your immersion blender, so there is minimal or no splatter).
- Wearing gloves, cut open, seed and chop your peppers (be careful not to touch your face when doing this) and add them to the water.
- Use an immersion blender to lightly blend the mixture (if the fumes get too strong, STOP! It doesn’t have to bee smooth, just agitated).
- Cover this mixture, and let it steep in the fridge overnight.
- Strain the mixture and reserve the liquid.
- Measure out 1 cup of liquid and add it to your spray bottle.
- Fill the bottle to the 28 oz mark with plain water.
- Add your soap (I used a tsp, but probably should have used a tablespoon)
- Replace the nozzle and apply to the under sides of your plants.
- Repeat after rain or watering. It’s best to apply it at sunset, to protect the leaves from being burnt.
If you’d also like to make the yellow sticky cups (which is good for catching many kinds of pests), you’ll need:
Yellow Sticky Traps:
- Cut your dowel into a few pieces (they should be higher off the ground, level with the worst-affected leaves)
- Add hot glue to the end of the dowel and hold the cup (upside down, so that the dowel is sticking to the inside, bottom of the cup) in place until it is secure.
- Cover the cup in the sticky coating.
- Stick the dowel into the ground.
I hope these tips help you beat your bugs! What are your worst pests in your region? What are you growing this season?