Getting rid of insects

How to Make Natural Insecticides

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Make Natural Insecticides

Keep insects away from your home by exploiting the properties of some of the products you already have around the house. Whether you want to take care of your garden and prevent plagues of pests on your plants or you want to deter them from coming into the house, the options we show you next will help you achieve it.

We will use everyday products to make it easy to produce our own insecticides. In this OneHowTo article we will explain how to make natural insecticides by giving you 5 different options that are sure to work perfectly.

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  1. Natural insecticide with vegetable oils
  2. Natural insecticide with ammonia
  3. Natural insecticide with essential oils
  4. Garlic as natural insect repellent
  5. Natural insecticide with citronella

Natural insecticide with vegetable oils

One of the best options you have to make a homemade insecticide is to use vegetable oil. It is a very economical and easy alternative that will keep insect plagues away from your house or garden. To prepare this insecticide you will use the following products:

  • 2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soap
  • 1 bottle or storage container
  • A little water

Mix the ingredients and put them inside the bottle, if possible a with a spray applicator that will make it easier to use. Shake the product well every time you use it and apply it on plants or the places in your home that you want to keep protected.

Soap repels insects due to its strong smell and the oil supplies a sticky texture that, should the insects try to advance, they will be unable to cross.

How to Make Natural Insecticides - Natural insecticide with vegetable oils

Natural insecticide with ammonia

Among the many uses of ammonia there is one that many people are unaware of: it repels insects. The chemical aroma of this product acts as a strong repellent for mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, etc., thus protecting your home from these troublesome pests. In case you have a garden you should know that ammonia is perfect to eradicate infestations of worms, slugs or snails.

So if you want to know how to make natural insecticidesmix one part ammonia to 4 parts water in a bottle with a spray applicator. If you want, you can add a little soap to get a stickier texture and so the insects will be completely eliminated.

Mix all ingredients and every time you use it shake the bottle to mix them again. Then you just have to spray your plants or the entrance areas of your home (windows doors, grids, etc.) and you will keep the insects away.

How to Make Natural Insecticides - Natural insecticide with ammonia

Natural insecticide with essential oils

There are some essential oils which also act as natural insect repellents thanks to the scent they give off, which is disliked by these animals, and thus making it unlikely that they enter the house or settle in the areas where these products have been sprayed. The following are among the aromas most detested by insects:

To prepare these natural insecticides you just have to mix 2 tablespoons essential oil with 1/2 liter water. Mix well so that the ingredients blend and then spray on the areas you want to keep protected. In addition, these oils provide a delicious fragrance for your home because their scent is very sweet.

How to Make Natural Insecticides - Natural insecticide with essential oils

Garlic as natural insect repellent

The aroma of garlic is disliked by insects and therefore it can be a powerful choice to keep your garden and your home protected. To prepare this product you will need:

  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 liter water

The first thing you have to do is mash the garlic and place it in a bowl of water; leave it to soak for a full day so that the properties are released and mixed with the liquid. After this time put everything to boil for 20 minutes and go!

Add this mixture into a spray container so as to spray every room in the house or apply on the plants you want to protect from any kind of insect infestation.

How to Make Natural Insecticides - Garlic as natural insect repellent

Natural insecticide with citronella

One of the most popular household insecticides is that which you prepare with citronella, one of the best plants to naturally ward off mosquitoes. In fact, many of the products you can buy in pharmacies to repel mosquitoes contain citronella scent, as it absolutely repels insects of any kind. Therefore, preparing an insecticide with the scent of this plant can be one of the best options.

To do this, we will need 5 fresh citronella leaves and 1/2 litre water. We will infuse the plant to have it release its scent and impregnate the water with its properties. Once ready, pour it into a spray bottle and pulverize it in the areas we want to protect.

It is a good idea to grow citronella at home and to learn how to make oil from it.

How to Make Natural Insecticides - Natural insecticide with citronella

This is how to make natural insecticides: if you have any tips, please tell us in the comments section.

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