Homemade Insecticide

After unsuccessfully trying to maintain a garden on our roof (how many times would you climb a ladder with buckets of water in your hands?), Jeff and I decided to grow veggies and herbs inside this year.   Within a few days, our herbs were being taken over by these teeny tiny flies that apparently LOVE thyme more than anything else on earth.  After a little research, I developed a natural insecticide that the bugs absolutely hate.  You have to spray the whole plant and soil every few days to once a week, but the benefit is that you can still eat your harvest after a little washing!  

DIY Natural Insecticide

  • 4 jalapenos, roughly chopped
  • 3 scotch bonnet peppers, roughly chopped
  • 12 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 yellow onions, quartered

Place everything in a large stock pot and fill with water.  Simmer for about 20 minutes over medium heat.  Strain liquid into a large jar, bowl or pitcher.  Stir in some natural dish soap, like Seventh Generation, and cool.  Funnel into a sprayer when you need it and store in the fridge for a couple weeks.

 

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2 responses to “Homemade Insecticide

  1. Oh, I forgot a very important disclaimer!…Be careful breathing deeply as you spray this stuff since its a few steps away from being homemade pepper spray! ;-)

  2. Jeff

    I’ll second that pepper spray comment based on personal experience.

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