Pests remedies

jengc(7)June 25, 2009

I found this on another forum and thought I would share. Good organic solutions to pests.

"Old Fashioned Home Remedies For The Garden

Are you tired of running to your local garden center every time one of

your plants is overtaken by a new fungus or an infestation of insects?

Are you sick of spending extra dollars on a concoction that you arent

even sure is effective and that you think might be doing some harm to

the environment, animals and your loved ones? But what to do?

IÂve got the answer right here with a list of old fashioned home made

remedies: some of which have been passed on from other gardeners and/or

their mothers or grandmothers.

Practically all of the ingredients used in these homemade recipes can be

retrieved from you kitchen or medicine cabinets at home.


Baking soda can be used to ward off black spot, a terrible fungus that

usually hits roses by late Spring. The most effective recipe IÂve found

is the Cornell one which is:

1T. of baking soda with 1 t. of dishwashing detergent to 1 gallon

of water. Mix together and spray on roses early in the morning once a

week until disease has disappeared.


Beer is an old time favorite for getting rid of slugs and snails. This

is how you do it. Place the beer (it doesnÂt matter what brand) in

either shallow pans or a cut down some paper cups to about 1"tall. The

pests will crawl into the pans or cups and drown themselves.


Believe it or not, if you mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 T. of

dishwashing liquid together and then take 1 T. of this concoction

and mix it with 1 cup of water, you now have a formula to get rid of

aphids. Aphids are very tiny insects that suck the sap from a plant

ultimately weakening it. If your leaves look curled and deformed, look

under the leaves closely and you may find a colony of aphids.


I was once told by a listener on my radio show that after trying all of

the concoctions to get rid of moles, gophers and groundhogs, he planted

jalapeno peppers within 4" from the area that they were invading. And

voila! They ran for cover after taking a test of these hot veggies. I'm

going to try this advice but will divide the hot peppers in half when I

plant them. I think he is on the right track because Hot Pepper Spray (a

prepared organic spray) is sold in garden centers as a remedy for

getting rid of rabbits, squirrels, moles, voles and groundhogs.


Castor Oil sprays are sold in garden centers as a solution to get rid of

groundhogs and deer. I would be tempted to go to a pharmacy or health

food store and just buy myself a bottle of castor oil and dilute with

water and spray on affected areas to see if it works.


Peppermint oil is good deterrent for ants who have invaded your garden

or home. You can either saturate cotton balls with it or mix in a spray

bottle with water and spray where needed. GRITS sprinkled in the garden

are also supposed to be an effective way to kill off ants.

VINEGAR (and Lemon Juice)

Vinegar has become a well known organic way of eradicating weeds. Some

people say that they're able to get rid of weeds merely by spraying

household vinegar on them. Others say that you need to buy a higher

concentration of vinegar in order for it to be effective. I would check

one of the bottled organic vinegar solutions at your garden center to

see what concentration of vinegar they're using. It wouldnÂt hurt to add

lemon juice to your homemade weed killing formula either. Word has it

that the combo of vinegar and lemon juice is a dynamo for killing weeds.


So you think that buttermilk is just a method for helping pots get that

aged look or for getting moss to grow? Well, think again. For those

pesky mites, the teeny tiny, reddish insects that you can barely see

with the naked eye (but that can do tremendous damage to a plant in what

seems like no time at all causing yellow foliage and twisted leaf tips),

here is a homemade formula that is sure to solve your mite problem. Mix

½ Cup of buttermilk with 4 cups of wheat flour and 5 gallons of water.

Strain this mixture through a cheesecloth. Spray it onto the diseased

plants. It will kill all of the mites and their eggs.


A mixture of 1 chopped garlic bulb and 1 T. of cayenne pepper

steeped in 1-2 quart of water creates a mixture that will help keep cats

and dogs out of the garden. Adding 1 t. of liquid dishwashing soap to

help this spicy combination adhere to the plant. Strain the portion that

you are going to use and spray onto the plant leaves. The remainder of

the formula can stay fresh in the fridge for several weeks.


Cut up a bar of Irish Spring Soap and cut the end of an old pair of

panty hose. Put the piece of soap in the panty hose and tie onto the

trees and bushes where the deer have done damage. Before you know it,

the deer will be gone. They canÂt stand the smell of Irish Spring.


Quite a few listeners from my show swear that the brand name of

"Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid" is the one remedy that works 100% of the

time on mites. Mix 1 T. of Sunlight with 1 gallon of water.


If you place 1 T. of olive oil on any water surface, it will prevent

mosquitoes from breeding there.


When in doubt, I go to my medicine cabinet and get out the old rubbing

alcohol. I soak a few cotton balls in the alcohol and rub on the

infected area for such insects as:

spider mites, aphids, slugs and whiteflies. It may take a few times

before you successfully get rid of these pests, but eventually it does

work. Rubbing alcohol is a 'must have' for the garden.


In order to keep cut flowers fresher for a longer period of time, I add

1 T. of lemon juice and 1 T. of sugar to a container 2/3 filled

with cool or tepid water.

I'll add one. For potato bugs use self rising flour. The baking powder in the flour will cause them to blow up from eating it. This I know works."

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Thanks for a number of safe and inexpensive remedies. I haven't had much luck with anything I've tried with ants and grits didn't for me work either. I have used the Irish Spring soap for deer and it does seem to help. I put mine in used onion bags and hang on shepard hooks around the perimeter. I read that chives planted with roses will prevent black spot after two years. I planted several small divisions around mine to see if it works. I don't like to use pesticides since I grow many perennials and shrubs to attract hummers, butterflies and birds.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 7:14AM
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Thanks for the heads up. I made a copy for my files.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2009 at 10:29PM
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