Pests are not only an awful site but they just make life difficult for everyone. Pests also carry germs which means when you have pests around, you are prone to germ related illness. No need to fret, you can be your own pest exterminator. All you need are homemade ingredients.
- Garlic-Mint Insect Spray
For outdoor pest-control, try cooking up this Hometalker’s mixture of Garlic-Mint spray. Just take some mint leaves and garlic cloves and blend them in a food processor, then add a bit of cayenne pepper and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Bring the whole concoction to a boil and let sit overnight. Strain it into a spray bottle and voila! – keep your greens growing strong and pest free!
- Coffee grounds
Critters and pests don’t love your coffee like you do — in fact, they hate it. For ants, coffee grounds are fatal. Try getting rid of bugs by utilizing recycled coffee grounds around your home in the area from which you think the bugs are emerging.
During the rainy season, snails and slugs are all over. These slimy creatures can make you slip and fall. Such accidents can be dangerous plus stepping on them is just gross. Well to solve the problem, all you need is beer. If there is powdery mildew at a corner in your house then some baking soda, soap, vegetable oil and water should be your main ingredients.
Beer for the Slugs: sink a tuna can or pie plate into the ground, and add a couple of inches of beer, to about an inch below the top of the container. The slugs will go in for a drink and drown. Beer works because the slugs are attracted to the yeast. It’s really important to sink the container into the soil and keep the beer about an inch lower than the soil. This way, the slugs have to go down after the beer, and they drown. If the beer is near the soil, the slugs can just have a drink and then go and munch some hostas when they’re done with happy hour. 6. Citrus Rinds as Slug Traps.
Powdery Mildew is a tried-and-true method for preventing powdery mildew. It needs to be applied weekly, but if you have a problem with mildew in your garden, it will be well worth the time. Simply combine one tablespoon of baking soda, one tablespoon of vegetable oil, one tablespoon of dish soap and one gallon of water and spray it on the foliage of susceptible plants. Baking soda spray works because the baking soda disrupts fungal spores, preventing them from germinating. The oil and soap help the mixture stick to plant leaves.
If you have some trees around and they also have pests, you need to get rid of them. You can prune the branches or even spray some seaweed.
Getting rid of tree pests
- Give infested trees a tonic of liquid manure made from nettles, compost, comfrey or seaweed used as a foliar spray or soil conditioner.
- Don’t prune your trees in winter as the open wound provides an entry point for diseases. It’s better to prune in summer and then only as necessary.
- Don’t cultivate the soil around your fruit trees. It disrupts the feeder root system and can shock your tree, making it more susceptible to pests and diseases.
Scale and Mealybugs: Make an oil preparation that suffocates them by mixing four tablespoons of dishwashing liquid into one cup of vegetable oil. Mix one part of that mixture to about twenty parts of water, put it in your sprayer and spray the affected plants.
Aphids, Caterpillars and Other Insects: Add two tablespoons of soap flakes to one litre of water and stir thoroughly until completely dissolved (this is quicker in warm water). There is no need to dilute this further, just spray it on as is.
Black Spot Fungicide: In Queensland, Black Spot’s a major problem with roses, but this fungicide mixture works miracles. Add three teaspoons of bicarb soda to one litre of water. Don’t get carried away with the bicarb soda because if you make it too strong, it’ll cause all sorts of problems. Add a few drops of either dishwashing liquid, or fish emulsion to help the solution adhere to the leaf more effectively.
Fungicide: Mix one level teaspoon of bicarb soda into one litre of water. Add one litre of skim milk and a pinch of Condy’s Crystals which you can get from a produce agent (someone that supplies to horse owners). Shake thoroughly.
Sourced from: http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s2607562.htm