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    Homemade Pesticide Recipes

    The Basics

    It is best to use any type of spray in the early morning or the cool of evening. Do not spray when temps are above° F! Your plants may "burn" or have a reaction to what you are using in excessive heat. This is known as "phytotoxicity"

    Always perform a test on a small portion of the plant material first. Wait 24 hours to observe any negative reaction. Proceed if there is no damage.

    More is not better. If you are not getting good results don't increase the strength of these remedies without testing first.

    Target just the area you need to treat. Be careful... try not to harm the good guys! You don't want to run off your allies.

    When working with sprays or dusts always protect your exposed skin and face. Some of these ingredients can be very irritating to your skin, eyes and mucous membranes, especially any hot pepper sprays.

    When working with oil sprays, follow this equation to prevent phytotoxicity: Take the current outdoor Fahrenheit temperature then add to this the percentage of humidity, if the total is more than 140 don't spray. Example: Temperature of 80° plus humidity of 67 percent equals 147, don't spray. You also do not want to spray when temps are above 80°F.

    Alcohol Spray:
    This spray really is great for houseplants. This especially works on mealy bugs.

    1/2 cup of alcohol
    2-3 tablespoons of dry laundry soap
    1 quart of warm water

    Mix all ingredients and spray immediately. This solution must be made fresh for each use

    Ammonia Spray:
    Mix one-part household ammonia with seven parts water.

    Basic Sprays:
    Basic Pepper Spray - Blend 1/2 cup of hot peppers with 2 cups of water. Strain and spray.
    Basic Soap Spray – Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons liquid soap with 1 gallon of water and spray.

    Bug Juice:
    ½ cup of specific species

    Mash ½ cup of