Natural Homemade Garden Bug and Pest Repellents 2

homemade vegetable garden bug, pest and squirrel repellent sprayThis homemade spray will deter many garden pests including bugs (aphids), slugs, squirrels and rabbits.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of warm water
  • 1 onion
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp of dish soap

How to prepare the mixture:

  • Mix the first five ingredients well in a blender or large food processor (not the dish soap)
  • Let the mixture sit for several hours or overnight (refrigerate if you’re going to let it sit for an extended period of time)
  • Use cheesecloth, a coffee filter or paper towels to strain the liquid from the mixture
  • Pour the strained liquid into a spray bottle, and then add the dish soap and stir or shake the bottle lightly to mix
  • Store for up to a week in the refrigerator

Other ideas for repelling pests naturally:

  • Plant marigolds around your garden, they add a touch of color while also deterring garden pests.
  • Plant onions, garlic, hot peppers or mint around your garden as many pests detest the smell of these plants.  Note that mint can be very invasive and spreads like crazy, so I like to keep mint in pots that are strategically placed around the garden.
  • A very simple water and dish soap mixture can also be effective on aphids.
  • Sprinkle some loose cayenne pepper or hot pepper flakes around your plants.

Do you have other tips to deter annoying pests from your vegetable garden?  If so, leave us a comment!

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