Home Remedies – Insects

USDA Recommends Soap and Oil for Insect Control : Household liquid detergents and cooking oils are being recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as low-cost, effective killers of garden pests.

  • USDA scientists recommend using 1 tablespoon of detergent and 1 cup of oil – either peanut, safflower, corn, soybean, or sunflower.
  •  When ready to use, mix 1 to 2 ½ tsp of the prepared solution to one cup of water. The detergent-oil mix has been used successfully on eggplants, carrots, lettuce, Swiss chard, celery, watermelons, peppers, and cucumbers.

Cucumber Beetle Repellent 

1 Pkg chewing tobacco

1 cup ivory dish soap

1 qt Epsom salts

Mix in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Spray liquid on cucumber plants to repel beetles.

       Spider Mites 

                1 drop of ivory dish soap

            1 qt water

                Mix and spray the under sides of the foliage.

             Japanese Beetle Hot Pepper Spray

                ½ cup dried cayenne peppers

                ½ cup of jalapeno peppers

                1 gal of water

                Add the peppers to the water and bring the pot to a boil and let it simmer for a half an hour. Let the mixture cool and strain out the solids and pour the liquid into a spray bottle to spray your plants after every rainfall.


        Solution #1

                3 tbsp of garlic and onion juice

                3 tbsp of skim milk

                2 tbsp of baby shampoo

                1 tsp of Tabasco sauce

                1 gal of water

                               Mix these ingredients in a bucket and pour the solution into a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer. Spray every 10 days until the aphids are gone.


          Solution #2

              1 tbsp of garlic oil

                    3 drops of liquid dish soap

               1 qt of water

                                Mix these ingredients together in a blender, and pour the solution into a spray bottle.

Misc. Bug Killers

Solution #1

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

1 tsp of baking soda

1 cup of water

            Mix the oil and baking soda together, then combine the 2 tsp of the mixture with the cup of water in a handheld sprayer.

Solution #2

1 cup of antiseptic mouthwash

1 cup of tobacco tea

1 cup chamomile teal

1 cup of urine

½ cup of Murphy’s Oil Soap

½ cup of lemon-scented dishwashing liquid

      Mix these ingredients in a large bucket and pour it into a 20 gallon hose-end sprayer. Apply to your flowers to the point of run-off.

Treat Scale

Dab insects with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.




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