Natural pesticides are safer for people, their homes, gardens, animals and the environment. Nowadays homeowners are more conscious about the chemicals they use in and around the home, including pesticides. Here are some helpful natural pesticide recipes you can share with your clients to help them keep their yards pest and chemical-free.
When using natural DIY pesticdes, spray in the early morning or late evening to avoid burning plants. Also remember to keep pets away during application since certain ingredients such as essential oils and cayenne pepper can be harmful if ingested. Always use sparingly and only on infected areas. And if it recently rained or will rain soon, wait until the ground is dry before spraying to avoid runoff waste and dilution.
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Four DIY Ideas For a Chemical-Free Yard
- Neem Oil
The oil from the extremely bitter neem plant is a powerful, all-natural pesticide.
DIY neem oil spray: Combine ½ an ounce of organic neem oil, ½ a teaspoon of mild organic liquid soap and 2 quarts of warm water. Stir slowly, pour in spray bottle and use immediately.
- Diatomaceous Earth
An all-natural powder solution for insects of all kinds including fleas.
An all-natural powder solution for insects of all kinds including fleas. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on top of soil around plants and around the perimeter of the house. It can be used inside as well. Look for the food-grade version so it is safer to use around pets.
- Himalayan Salt Spray
Effective for treating plants infested with spider mites. Spray where needed.
DIY salt spray: Combine 2 tablespoons with 1 gallon of warm water. Spray on infected plants.
- Citrus Oil + Cayenne Pepper
Works well on ants. Spray populated areas accordingly.
DYI spray: Combine 10 drops of citrus oil for every teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 1 cup of warm water. Shake well and spray areas populated by ants.