Organic pest control recipes

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It’s important to think of your backyard as a mini ecosystem where all the elements need to be balanced. So when you do get an invasion of pests, the predator bugs will deal with them in a few days and keep their numbers down. Some times the best solution is just to sit back and let nature sort itself out.

If that doesn’t work, then you can make your own pest control solutions with these organic recipes:

Chilli soap mix – Aphids
Add a generous handful of hot chilies and a tablespoon of pure soap flakes to a litre of hot water and puree in a blender. Strain the mixture through  a stocking. Spray directly onto the aphids and they will quickly die. Several applications may be necessary for particularly bad infestations.

Coffee spray – Slugs and snails
Dilute one part strong espresso coffee to ten parts water and spray it liberally over the foliage of plants that are being eaten by slugs and snails, and on the soil around their base. When the pests travel across the coffee mixture, they absorb it and quickly die.

Milk spray – Fungal diseases, including powdery mildew
Combine one part organic milk to ten parts water and cover the upper and lower surfaces of the leaves and stems thoroughly. This can be used as a preventative measure during humid conditions which favour mildews.

Vegetable oil soap mix – Mites and scale
Blend 2 cups of vegetable oil with half a cup of pure liquid soap and mix thoroughly. Dilute one tablespoon of the mix with a litre of water and spray over infestations. The pests will suffocate and soon die.

Do you have any tried and true organic pest contol methods?

Product review: What’s in your deodorant?

Conventional antiperspirants and deodorants are a toxic mess:

“I am not sure why anyone in their right mind would want to spray a 25 per cent solution of aluminium under their arms everyday. We are worried about a trace of aluminium in a cooking pan that might cause Alzheimer’s, so why do we shave our underarms and apply a 25 per cent solution to that area every single day? It is absolute madness. People need to understand what is really in a pot of under arm cosmetics. It is just a toxic mess really!”

– Dr Philippa Darbre, Senior Lecturer in Onocology, The University of Reading

There are plenty of alternatives without the nasties. Here are some that I have tried over the last year: