12 Easy To Make Natural Remedies For Pests In The Garden



There are always issues to tend to in the garden. Gardeners over the years have come up with natural solutions for common problems in the garden. In the past it was not feasible to just stop in at the store to get a chemical solution for the garden.  They surly tried anything and everything to solve the issues as the other option was to louse the whole crop.

They tried remedies that were readily available, inexpensive and simple to make. They also knew that they would be eating the crop so they did not want to harm the vegetable and the solution was environmentally friendly.

Here are twelve recipes for dealing with common problems in the garden:

Soap Spray Insecticide

  • 1 tablespoon of liquid soap

  • 1 gallon of water

Mix ingredients in a sprayer and apply to both sides of plant leaves to get rid of aphids, spider mites, and whiteflies. Reapply after rain or as needed.

Photo Credit: Lori Erickson

Above: Spider Mite

Garlic Spray Insecticide

  • 1 whole garlic bulb

  • 2 cups of water

  • 1 gallon of water

Combine in blender the entire garlic bulb and two cups water, and blend on high speed until garlic is finely pureed. Put in storage container and set aside for a day. Strain out pulp, and then mix liquid with one gallon water in sprayer.

Spray tops and bottoms of leaves thoroughly. Apply about once a week, and after a rain. For aphids, whiteflies, and spider mites

Photo Credit: Scot Nelson

Above: Whiteflies

Baking Soda Spray

  • 1 gallon of water

  • 3 tablespoons of baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply to leaves of affected. It is best to remove leaves that are seriously infested if possible. Treat every one or two weeks.  Treats powdery mildew and other fungus

Photo Credit: Scot Nelson

Above: Powdery Mildew

Milk Spray

  • 1 quart of milk

  • 1 quart of water

Mix milk and water in a sprayer and treat infected plants. Three separate treatments a week apart should control the disease.  Treats powdery mildew and other fungus

Photo Credit: Svetlana Lisova

Above: Botrytis fungus

Garlic & Pepper Spray

  • 6 cloves of garlic

  • 1 tbsp. dried hot pepper

  • 1 minced onion

  • 1 tsp liquid soap

  • 1 gallon of hot water

Blend all ingredients and let sit for one to two days. Strain and use as spray. Ground cayenne or red hot pepper can also be sprinkled on the leaves of plants (apply when leaves are slightly damp) to repel chewing insects or added to the planting hole with bone meal or fertilizer to keep squirrels, chipmunks, dogs and other mammals away from your gardens.

Be sure to reapply after rain.  Gets rid of cabbageworms, caterpillars, hornworms, aphids, flea beetles, and other insects

Snail & Slug Trap

Place a small, shallow saucer full of stale beer to get rid of snails and slugs. The snails and slugs are drawn to the beer, but then drown once they climb in the saucer.

Photo Credit: Ellen Schauer

Above: Slug

Sow bug (Pill bug) Traps

  • 1 small plastic container (Tupperware bowl)

  • 2 tbsp. of cornmeal

Cut a small hole at the base of the container, large enough and close enough to the bottom to allow sow bugs to climb in. Place cornmeal in container. Place container into area infested with sow bugs. The sow bugs will feed on cornmeal which will cause ingestion issues and kill the sow bugs.

Replace cornmeal frequently. Another natural remedy for sow bugs and other crawling insect is using Diatomaceous Earth.

Sticky Traps

  • 1-2 Tbsp. Vaseline or preferably, non-petroleum Jelly

  • 4”x8” plastic cards or cardboard

  • Waterproof yellow paint

Apply paint onto both sides of the card and let it dry. Once the paint is dry, apply non-petroleum jelly liberally over both sides of the card. Place the card just above the plant canopy for whiteflies and fungus gnats.

Ant Traps

  • 1/4 cup of sugar

  • 1/4 cup of borax

Mix the sugar and borax, and then sprinkle around any hills and travel paths. The ant will think it is all sugar and take the borax back to the nest. The borax is poisonous to ants.  For unwanted ants in the vegetable garden

Photo Credit: Butch Odinar

Above:  Ants

Critter Spray

  • 4 tsp dry mustard

  • 3 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 tbsp. chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. Tabasco sauce

  • 2 quarts of warm water

Mix all the ingredients in a sprayer and apply around the border of your garden. Those pesky deer or rabbits won’t dare enter your garden.  For getting rid of rabbits, deer, dogs and other four-legged critters.

Photo Credit: D Taber

Deter Earworms

To get rid of earworms in corn, apply one drop of mineral oil to the tip of each ear of corn when silks begin to brown. Reapply every 5 to 6 days for 3 applications per season.


Hope this is helpful.

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