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4 Effective DIYs to Keep Those Pests Away

esther.diaz September 3, 2017

Often times, it might be hard moving around your garden and dealing with pests that keeps lounging on your plants. More so, when they have already entered your home.

To avoid further pest complications, you may try using these DIYs that’s proven effective in keeping pests away from your area.

  1. Water

Why, yes, water! Unbeknownst to many, water itself can go against garden pests such as whiteflies and aphids. You can use a hose and turn it into a spray, if you don’t have any, to blast the pests away from your plants. But of course, you may need to do this routine daily or as often as you can to avoid pests from populating on your plants.

  1. Garlic and Some Spices

One way to make your plants seem unappealing to pests is to spray them with some garlic and hot pepper. Pests like mosquitoes does not like garlic, so if you eat lots of garlic, no mosquito will ever dare go near you. But for your plants, you may need to exert some effort to keep them safe from mosquito’s harm.

What you need:

  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small hot pepper
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap

Directions:

First, chop the garlic and pepper into tiny bits. Then, put them all in a blender along with 1 cup of water and blend. Leave the mixture in your refrigerator overnight to steep. Strain it the next day with a coffee filter so as to move the solid particles that may clog your spray bottle. After doing so, pour the mixture in a spray bottle, add the liquid soap, and mix with some water.

  1. Vinegar

Annoyed with an army of ants lounging around your countertops and window sills? Well, did you know that vinegar can solve this problem for you? For ant problems, one of the DIYs you can use is vinegar spray. It’s actually the easiest and quickest way to keep them off your premises, given that ants cannot survive strong smells such that of vinegars as it makes them lose their sense of direction. You can begin by putting some vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it (lightly) on areas that the ants are lounging on. To make sure that they won’t come back, might as well spray on their entry points.

  1. Baking Soda

Over time, baking soda has been a common kitchen item that is being used in making DIY pest repellents. Among these is turning it into a spray to get rid of black spot on roses and other fungi-caused diseases that plants commonly suffer from. To make this spot buster, follow these easy steps:

What you need:

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar

Directions:

To begin, dissolve the baking soda in a cup of warm water. Then, mix it with the rest of the ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle. Add some water and shake it lightly.

To use this baking soda repellent, you may need to take all the damaged leaves first. Once you have separated the good leaves from the damaged ones, you can now spray lightly on the plants’ surfaces. Repeat every week or after every rain.

Key Takeaway

There are a variety of ways that you can use in order to keep your plants away from annoying pests. The good thing here is that you can find the key ingredients at your very own kitchen, making it easier for you to get rid of them quickly.

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