Asked on Sep 4, 2019

How do I make DIY insecticide soap for plants?

Deb KMary SmithCarrie @ Curly Crafty Mom


how to make insecticide soap for plants

5 answers
  • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
    on Sep 5, 2019

    Hi Patsy, here's the recipe we always use - We usually mix ours with vinegar to get rid of mildew too.

  • Mary Smith
    on Sep 5, 2019

    I add 1/2 teaspoon to a quart of water. Keep in a spray bottle and spray on plants whenever you see leaves that have been eaten.

  • Deb K
    on Sep 6, 2019

    Hi Patsy, you can try some of these . Soapy water

    Mix 5 tablespoons of dish soap with 4 cups of water in a bottle and spray plants with the solution. The soap will dehydrate aphids and spider mites.2. Neem oil spray

    Made from the seeds of neem trees native to India, this age-old, natural insecticide and anti-fungicide repels aphids, mites, scale and other small, soft-bodied insects.3. Pyrethrum spray

    This natural insecticide is made from dried chrysanthemum flowers. Mix the powder with water and dish soap to create a spray. Pyrethrum spray paralyzes flying insects on contact, so many pest control companies use it to control mosquitoes.

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    It’s not just for drinking. Snails and slugs like it, too. Set out saucers of beer to trap and prevent these creatures from munching on plant leaves and roots. Grape juice or grapefruit or orange rinds also make good traps.5. Garlic

    Garlic’s strong smell not only repels vampires, it detracts bugs. Stick a clove of garlic into the soil of houseplants to keep bugs away. Even bugs hate garlic breath.6. Pepper spray.

    Make a solution of 2 tablespoons red pepper, 6 drops of dish soap and 1 gallon of water, and spray your plants. Black pepper, chili pepper, dill, ginger and paprika also work because they contain capsaicin, which repels spider mites and other insects.7. Herbal water spray

    Essential oils from sage, thyme, basil, rosemary, mint, rue and lavender repel some insects. To create a spray, take crushed leaves or trimmings, soak in a bucket of water overnight and strain. Or, dilute store-bought essential oil with water. You can also plant these herbs in your yard to detract insects.8. Alcohol spray

    Create a solution by mixing 1 or 2 cups of 70 percent isopropyl alcohol with a quart of water. The solution will repel insects from houseplants and tropical foliage.9. Nicotine

    To repel leaf-chewing insects, make a nicotine tea by soaking 1 cup of dried, crushed tobacco leaves in 1 gallon of warm water and one-fourth teaspoon of dish soap. Strain after 30 minutes, and spray the mixture directly on the leaves.10. Water

    Much like a heavy downpour, a strong spray of water from a house can remove bugs from plants.

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