4 DIY Insect Repellents

Repel insects without the use of chemicals with these DIY options.

| July/ August 2017

  • Cayenne can make a great natural pest repellent.
    Photo by iStock; Voyagerix

1.Rosemary Spray Add 17 drops rosemary essential oil to 1 liter of water. Apply frequently.

2. Thyme Spray Run a couple of handfuls of fresh thyme through a blender with water. Strain and spray plants to help repel stink bugs.

3. Garlic Spray Soak 6 large, crushed garlic cloves in vegetable oil overnight. Strain and mix oil with 2 liters of water. Spray immediately and often.

4. Garlic and Chili Pepper Spray Crush 6 garlic cloves and mix with 1 tablespoon powdered cayenne and 1 quart warm water in a glass jar. Cover and put in a sunny spot for 3 days. Strain and spray entire plant. (Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when spraying!)



For more information on garden pests visit:
Garden Insects: Friend or Foe?



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