When you have little ones and pets that tend to tag along while you work in the garden, reducing their exposure to toxic garden sprays is very important. The chemicals added to off-the-shelf pesticides sold in most garden supply stores can cause numerous scary side effects and illnesses. Start today your own phoenix pest control project! Making your own organic pest control spray is a very easy and cost effective method of controlling pests without having to worry about what could happen if your child accidentally eats a lettuce leaf without washing it first. The best part is that you probably have a lot of the ingredients to make these sprays growing in your garden right now.
Mint and Garlic Spray
Take one whole clove of garlic and divide the sections of it up. Peel each section then finely mince them all. Gather a handful of mint leaves, and bruise them slightly to help release their scent and properties. Put the mint and garlic in a Mason jar. Fill the remainder of the jar up with distilled water before putting a lid on top. Let this mixture sit on your counter top for about three days. When it is finished, strain off the garlic and mint leaves. Pour the liquid into a spray bottle, and it is ready to use.
Rosemary, Cinnamon, and Hot Pepper Spray
This spray is best used on flower pots and areas that are around the plants. Be careful in putting it directly on your plants because it could burn the leaves. In a blender, put two small red hot peppers, a small handful of rosemary, and a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon. Grind the ingredients up a bit then add two cups of hot distilled water to it. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth to remove any particles that might clog your spray bottle. It can be used as soon as it is completely cool.
Rosemary, Thyme, and Mint Spray
This is a gentle mixture that can be sprayed directly on to plants that are already infested with pests. Heat up three cups of distilled water in a small pan. Add a small handful each of rosemary, thyme, and mint into the water. Let the herbs steep for about thirty minutes before straining them. Store the herbal tea in a jar in the refrigerator. You can either pour this tea in to a spray bottle, or use a paint brush dipped into it for application. Sometimes, painting it on helps removed pests like spider mites more easily. If you try this method, have an extra bowl of water nearby to rinse the pests off as you remove them with the paintbrush.