Homemade Insecticides

Do you have bugs eating all of your precious plants? Here are some tips.

There are many ways on how to use low-cost and non-toxic ways to kill every kind of bug there is. Here are some common questions and answers to bug problems that many gardeners face. In the summer, many outdoor plants can be plagued by bugs. Whether it is a vegetable garden, flower garden, or a treasured tree infested by bugs, this article about homemade insecticides can help you keep the bugs at bay. Around July, many Hostas and other popular garden-variety plants begin to have yellowish holes. These holes are from bug infestation. If you have noticed this kind of decay of your plants, here are a few tips. How do you keep bugs off of your Hostas?


Hostas are those green leafy plants that you see in many yards. Bugs are known for their love of Hosta leaves. The cheapest and easiest way to treat this is with ordinary dishwater. Yes, you read that right. After doing dishes, just take a pan of the water outside and douse your plants that are infested with bugs. Do this about once a week. Every time that you have a sink full of soapy dishwater, you will remember to treat your Hostas and other outside plants to a treat!

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How do you keep bugs off of my vegetable plants?

You can use the dishwater for these plants also. Another quick and easy treatment that is also homemade can be made by mixing tobacco and water. Farmers have been using this for years! You can protect your vegetables and flowers(the hardier ones) with this remedy also.

Keep your plants free from tiny invaders. Just water the infested plants with a mixture of tobacco and water. The tobacco can be any kind. You mix 1 part tobacco to 4 parts water and let the solution set-up for at least a few hours. Then you water the plants with this mixture. Just a small amount on each plant works very well. Use this mixture about once a week. If you want better results, try making the solution stronger the next time that you prepare it.

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How do you keep fleas and ticks out of your garden?

Again, use the tobacco and water mixture, but make it 1 part tobacco to 3 parts water. Since grass is much like a weed, it can handle a much stronger solution.

Do these solutions also work on flowerbeds?

Yes, all of the solutions in this article can also be used for many types of trees and flowers. Always try the weakest solution first, and then introduce higher concentrations later.

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On which plants shouldn’t you use these solutions?

Any plants that REQUIRE certain bugs to bloom like peonies. Peonies need ants to open the buds, and many other plants need bugs as well. It is a good idea to look up the various types of plants you have in a gardening book. Look in your garden first and determine which plants you need to look up in the reference. You can find gardening books at your local store. Most of this information can be found in an online search or also in any gardening resource. When you mow your grass, be sure NOT to destroy the anthills that are usually near where the peonies grow.

If you have Peonies, how can you keep the ants far from my house?

The best advice is to keep the peonies far away from your doors and windows. These beautiful, although brief budding flowers, can often be your culprit with ant infestation.

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What can you do if your house is infested with ants?

To keep the ants outside on your flowers and not inside on your counters, simply sprinkle cayenne pepper around all of the windows and doorways nearest the plants or anywhere else that you find ants entering your house. This is an inexpensive and non-toxic way to keep those little picnickers outdoors. If this is not quite toxic enough, try using some of your pet’s flea powder. Yes, this is not a misprint. Flea powder, although mildly toxic, is an incredible deterrent for ant and other bug infestation in the home.

These remedies are much safer, economical, less toxic than the alternatives in your local store.

Now, go get rid of those little pests!

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