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How Do I Control Pests In My Home Garden Using Home Remedies

How Do I Control Pests In My Home Garden Using Home Remedies

How Do I Control Pests In My Home Garden Using Home Remedies

Natural and DIY pesticides are effective at getting rid of unwanted pests without exposing your plants to harmful chemicals. They are safe to use around the family and will help produce healthier crops that are not affected by pesticide-ridden diseases.

Keeping a home garden is a big responsibility. From regular maintenance, cleaning your garden composite decking and looking after your planting themes, gardening can be an incredibly laborious task. Despite this, it is an incredibly rewarding hobby when your planting yields effective results. Gardening and growing plants also come with the obstacles of harsh weather, weeds, insects, and changes in soil fertility; all of which can be a frustrating experience for a gardener. However, resorting to harmful solutions to eliminate pests can bring their own problems. It's also important to note that not all pests are harmful to your garden, so it is a good idea to minimise the use of homemade or store-bought chemical pesticides.

In this article, we will introduce you to some home remedies to use instead as pesticides for your home garden. Let’s take a look.

Soap spray

  • Soap spray will help control mites, aphids, whiteflies, beetles, and other little insects eating up at your homegrown plants.
  • To make this soap spray insecticide, mix a teaspoon and a half of a mild liquid soap with a quart of water.
  • Spray this mixture directly on the infected areas of the plants. These kinds of sprays work in a similar manner as an oil spray, which we will be getting into.
  • Apply the spray where necessary. It's important to note that you must avoid applying soap spray during a sunny day, and instead use it in the evening or at night.

Vegetable oil spray

  • This homemade insecticide is made from vegetable oil mixed with mild soap.
  • This has a strong effect on troublesome insects like aphids, mites, thrips, and many others. To make this spray, simply mix a cup of vegetable oil with a tablespoon of soap.
  • Next, cover the solution and ensure you shake it thoroughly. Once ready to use, take two teaspoons of the oil spray, mix it thoroughly with one quart of water, and then apply it to the affected area.
  • The oil will effectively coat the body of the insects, ultimately suffocating them.


  • Garlic can be used as an effective deterrent against garden pests, such as rodents and certain insects. Spraying a garlic solution onto a plant will deter unwanted pests due to its odour, forcing them away from your area.
  • When you apply this spray to all of your plants in your garden, pests will simply have to move to another location and find another appetising area that does not smell of garlic.
  • Unlike many insecticides or pesticides, garlic is much safer when applied to the leaves of your plants.
  • To make a garlic solution, pop a clove into a blender with a cup of water and blend until it turns into a puree consistency.


  • Bananas can help protect your garden from aphids, by placing a couple of dried banana skins onto your garden leaves or burying them near the base of your flower bushes.
  • An added benefit is that because bananas are naturally rich in potassium, this will actively help your plants and flowers grow due to the nutrients this will provide.
  • You can also add banana skins to your compost heap, mixing them into the soil with a garden fork. Bananas will also attract birds and butterflies, further making your garden more beautiful.

Tomato Leaf Spray

  • Another natural pesticide that is worth mentioning because of their effectiveness are tomato leaves.
  • Tomato plants are a part of the nightshade species and contain alkaloids named "tomatine." These can effectively control aphids and many other insects.
  • To make an effective tomato leaf spray for getting rid of insects and pests, start by chopping two cups of tomato leaves with one quart of water and allow it to steep overnight.
  • Strain out the plant residue and apply it to the plant foliage.

Summing Up:

There are various home remedies you can use to control pests in your home garden.

Soap sprays are highly effective against pests, mites, aphids, whiteflies, beetles, and many other little insects.

Another effective solution is the vegetable oil spray that works by coating the insects with oil, ultimately suffocating them.

Garlic acts as an effective and safe deterrent to many insects and rodents. Along with deterring aphids, the banana will also provide your rose bushes with potassium as a vital nutrient.

Tomato leaf spray contains alkaloids that control aphids and many other insects.

           We hope this article provided enough information on the different home remedies to prevent and deter pests from your home garden. Thank you for reading!


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