Hot Peppers: Pest Control

by Polly

Hot peppers and garlic work very well in sprays that we use for pest control in the garden. I think that organic (natural) pest control is the future. Here’s the recipe for a shot of our spicy solution.

3 hot green peppers
3 medium cloves of garlic
1 small onion
1tbsp. of dishwashing liquid
3 cups of water

Puree the peppers, garlic, and onion in a blender. Pour the puree into a jar, and add the dishwashing liquid and water. Let stand for 24 hours. Strain out the pulp with cheesecloth or pantyhose. Use a hand-held sprayer to apply the remaining liquid to bug-infested bulbs and perennials. And,

The dishwashing liquid smothers sucking insects and the garlic-hot peppers mix repels chewing pests. The only disadvantage is that the mix will wash off in rainy weather and will need reapplication.

I spray this on my fruit trees, vegetables and roses when the gypsy moth caterpillars invade. It also works well for Japanese beetles and anything else that chews up the foliage. I’ve also found that this spray keeps rodents away as well. This is reapplied after rain or anytime I water the garden.

My favorite aphid fighter is a citrus spray; one of my worst pest problems has been aphids:

1 pint of boiling water

the rind from one lemon

Steep the peel in water and then strain before pouring into a spray bottle. I sprayed my roses just once last summer and didn’t have a problem for the rest of the season.

1218552196_d6af1ba506_m.jpgWe also use jalapeno and cayenne peppers in a mix to get the digging dogs away from the garden. Here’s our Dog-Be – Gone solution:

2 cloves of garlic
2 small onions
1 jalapeno pepper
1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp. of chili powder
1 qt. of warm water

Chop the garlic, onions, and jalapeno pepper finely, then combine with all of the remaining ingredients. Let the mix sit for 24 hours, then sprinkle iton any areas where dogs are a problem.

Do you want to win the battle against the insects and critters in the garden the natural way?

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Yours truly for a great garden with outstanding berries, veggies, and flowers.

Polly, organic grower

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Long Beach pest control June 13, 2010 at 2:30 pm

It will not be necessary to wash dishes or bedding exposed to fumigation gases. Nor will it be necessary to remove makeup, soaps, detergents, etc. These items, even when used after exposure to fumigation gasses, are not likely to cause you harm.

Weldon Odonell July 17, 2010 at 2:43 pm

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Mary April 19, 2012 at 12:08 pm

do you think the hot pepper spray will work on those green horned tomatoe worms?

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