How to Make Your Own Insecticide

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What You'll Need
Wormwood leaves
Coconut oil
Cayenne pepper
Liquid soap
Spray bottle

A commercial insecticide is a valuable, and often necessary way to keep pests and bugs out of your garden and from harming your plants. While these chemical solutions are necessary to help keep your garden free of pests, they can also be very harmful. Many people have found that making their own organic insecticides works great, without the harmful side effects.

Making your own insecticide is easily done with items that you use around your home. You do not need a lot of specialized equipment or ingredients to make a truly powerful, and potent insecticide. All insecticides work on the principle of being overpowering. This means that the smell and taste must be too much for the insects. Hot ingredients that have a powerful taste make great items to use in your own fertilizer. Here is a quick process that you can use to make yours today.

Combine Ingredients

As stated, hot ingredients work very well for making your own organic insecticide. To make a very simple one, combine chili peppers, wormwood leaves, 1 cup of water, and coconut oil in a blender. Make sure to blend these ingredients very well.

Heat Ingredients

Once all of the ingredients are blended together, dump them all into a large saucepan. Add another 5 cups of water to the ingredients. Heat will bring out the qualities of the chili peppers. Heat the ingredients until they begin to boil and then remove from the heat.

Let It Cool

Once the ingredients are heated to a boil, remove it from the heat and let it cool for an hour or so. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle through some straining material like a cheesecloth. This will remove all of the large particles and only the liquid will go through.

Mark Bottle and Use

After you have the mixture into your spray bottle, make sure that you mark it clearly. You do not want any accidents to happen by grabbing the wrong bottle. Once the mixture has cooled and strained, you can apply it to the plants.

Storage of Insecticide

The great thing about making your own insecticide is that you can either make what you need or make extra to keep for another time. Storing your organic insecticide can be done in a refrigerator or on a shelf. Once you go to use it again, reblend the mixture and strain again before putting back into the sprayer.

Quick and Easy Recipe

Another recipe that can be done quickly is to combine a bulb of garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, 2 tablespoons of liquid soap, and 1 quart of water. Chop up the garlic and onion into small pieces and mix with the water. Add the pepper and let sit for an hour. Add the soap and mix it will. Pour into a sprayer and you are ready to use it. This organic insecticide will keep for two to three weeks in the refrigerator if you have extra left over.