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Homemade Orange Oil Pesticide for Vegetables

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If you find any insects or bugs on your vegetables you may need to get rid of them right away. Unfortunately, chemical pesticides will seep in to the vegetables. You don&#039;t want to eat the pesticide, so it is best to stick with a natural solution. Orange oil--as well as any other citrus oil--is excellent for using as a pesticide. It repels bugs and insects but isn&#039;t harmful to humans or pets when sprayed on your vegetables.

Place 3 tbsp. of liquid organic Castile soap in a garden sprayer. If this product isn&#039;t available locally, you can get it online.

Add 1 oz. of orange oil and a gallon of water to the garden sprayer.

Shake the garden sprayer to combine the three ingredients.

Pressurize the garden sprayer by pulling the pump up and down and begin spraying the vegetables with your homemade orange oil pesticide. You should begin to see results immediately.

Homemade Organic Pesticide For Vegetables

Growing vegetables provides fresh produce for you and your family while giving you full control over what is used in the care and maintenance of the vegetables. Pest control is important in vegetable gardens to keep hungry insects from feasting on the plants. For those annoying sap-sucking insects -- such as aphids, thrips, spider mites and whiteflies -- create a homemade oil spray using 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1 cup of cooking oil from a newly open bottle of oil. Make baby shampoo pesticide spray by combining 2 tablespoons of baby shampoo with 1 gallon of water. Do not use this spray in the sun or on plants with hairy leaves or a wax-like coating, such as squash. For an even more powerful homemade pesticide, add 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper to the concentrated mixture and let it soak for another 24 hours before straining the liquid once again. When ready to use, dilute 1/2 cup of the liquid with 1 gallon of water. It's also best to spray your plant early in the morning before the sun is hot or late in the afternoon. Some produces, especially those containing oils can burn plants if used during the sunny and hot portions of the day.

Tip

Neem oil is also an all-natural pesticide. You have the option of adding 1 oz. of neem oil to your homemade pesticide.

You can also sprinkle diatomaceous earth on top of the soil around your vegetables. The diatomaceous earth will pierce the skeleton of any bugs or insects that crawl on it, causing them to dehydrate and die.

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