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Pest Controls From Your Kitchen Cabinet

Posted by admin on Aug 2, 2009 under organic gardening how to

Some of the best garden pest controls can be found in your kitchen cabinet. One of the common ingredients in organic pest controls are hot peppers. Insects and small animals cannot stand the taste of capsaicin which is present in hot peppers. Another substance that these pests don’t like is soap. But, be cautious with the soap. Some soaps contain small amounts of chemicals that can injure plants and leaves. When using soap, it is best to use an insecticidal soap to avoid this problem.

Following are some simple recipes to help you control your garden pests:


This popular brew helps control beetles and other garden pests. The hot peppers will also keep rabbits and squirrels away from your garden.

1 Whole bulb garlic, broken into cloves

3 Hot peppers, chopped, or 1 tablespoon hot pepper flakes

1 Quart hot water

Crush the garlic cloves with a hammer or heavy pan. Combine all ingredients in a glass or plastic jar. Let the mixture sit in a warm location for about one week. Strain the mixture with cheesecloth and return the mixture to the jar. To use, pour 1/2 cup of this hot tea to one additional pint of water and add 3 drops of insecticidal soap. Spray this mixture with a spray pump.



To keep dogs and cats from digging in your garden, mix 1 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons chile paste with garlic (sold in Asian markets) with one quart water. Sprinkle this mixture over the area that your dog or cat has been wanting to dig in.



This punch is used to help prevent many fungal diseases. It is best if used before these diseases are on your plants. The mixture will also help control whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, and most types of scale.

3 Teaspoons baking soda

2 Tablespoons light horticultural oil or vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon insecticidal soap

1 Gallon water

Mix all these ingredients in a pressure sprayer. Apply to your plants about once per week. If you use regularly, watch your plant leaves for signs of oil buildup. Normal rainfall typically solves this problem.


A word of caution – Do not spray your plants through the heat of the day. The sun’s heat can make the liquid on the leaves hot and damage the foilage. Spray in early morning or late afternoon.


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