Natural Pesticides

Natural Pesticides - natural bug repellents for every bug problem and homemade bug spray recipes for natural insect control and more! 

There's a very valid and important reason to stay away from commercial pesticides, let's take a look at why before you learn the recipes for many natural pesticides below.

The U.S. is pesticide happy, about 25% of the world’s total, is used is in the U.S.   Another way to look at it is, we use almost 4 billion pounds of cancer causing pesticides every year. (see Dangers of Pesticides for more information)

French researchers recently examined the toxicity of four popular G-based herbicide formulations on human placental cells, kidney cells, embryonic cells and neonate umbilical cord cells.  The results were a total cell death of each of these cells within 24 hours. 

The world`s most popular herbicide known as Monsanto's Roundup contains a blend of glyphosate (G) and several unknown adjuvants.  Interestingly, the ingredients in Roundup are not disclosed to the general public and are kept confidential as they are labeled, "trade secrets." 

Monsanto assures the public these ingredients are inert and non-toxic. The most predominant adjuvant in Roundup seems to be polyethoxylated tallowamine or POEA [4, 5], which has been implicated in ocular burns, redness, swelling, blisters, nausea and diarhhea [6]. POEA is one of the most prevalent pollutants found in rivers all over the world.   Non-toxic?   I don't think so!!

Makes one wonder what previous generations did before pesticides were invented.   Probably some of what we’ll offer here, these tips and recipes for natural pesticides have been used for years!

It's time to protect our families, our pets and our environment and put those chemical giants out of business!!! 

Natural Pesticide Recipes
and tips!

Ants (also works for Bee’s and Wasps)

Used coffee grounds will repel the ants but not kill them also fresh mintgood to plant on the outside of your garden for a natural ant control, in fact it works well to repel a variety of unwanted pest.

Boiling hot water poured over a colony nest is much more effective than cold water OR  ¼ C of liquid soap and 1 Gallon of tap water – mix and pour 2 cups on the anthill, repeat an hour later for complete penetration.

Put a piece of peanut brittle out to capture the ants, they get stuck on it and eventually die.  Wash it off and reuse!


Mix into a cup of water ¼ C of granulated sugar, 1 tsp of borax.  Place the mixture in areas of your ant problems in small caps (save those cap tops in your kitchen).  The sugar will draw them in and drowning in borax will do the rest!

Homemade Bug Spray:

You can also make your own solution using 1 part ammonia to 4 parts water.   You can also use white vinegar but if doing so, it should be 50% - 50%.  Also window cleaner works well.


Homemade Bug Sprays:

Oil Spray – Mix 1 Tbs oil (any cooking type oil) and 4-5 drops of liquid soap mix well in 1 qt water and spray plants well, making sure you get the underneath sides as well.

Lemon Spray - Boil 1 pint of water, remove from heat and grate the rind of 1 lemon (lime works too).   Allow to steep overnight so all the citrus oil will be released.  (limonene)   Strain and spray well.

Homemade Flypaper – Spread Tanglefoot (found at garden supply stores) on a thick paper stock.  Cut in strips and hang paper in areas of concern or place around plants you want to protect.

Foil – Place aluminum foil around your plants, it actually works well for several bugs, the reflection deters them.

Ladybugs love aphids if you can turn them loose in your problem area.

For the Roses Recipes - Aphids are a common problem for roses – the following is a good recipe to deter them.

1 C tobacco (or cigarettes) mixed with ½ C powder garlic an 1 C of compost.  Mix well and spread around the base of your bushes.


Like most bugs, there’s several types of Beetles so we’ll just stick with some natural pesticides recipes and solutions that should work for all types.

Sprinkle moisten wheat bran around your plants, the beetles will eat the bran, swell up and die.

Homemade Bug Sprays:

Make basil tea, place in a spray bottle to thoroughly spray your plants.


Mix 2 Tbs of salt to a gallon of water as a spray.


Mix ¼ C Tabasco Sauce, 1 qt of water, 1 Tbs of liquid soap

You can also shake the plants and they’ll fall off, just have a bucket of soap water for them to fall into.  Also look at the underneath side and crush and remove any eggs found.  (the good old fashion way!!)

Plant repellents – They don’t like radishes, marigold, mint or catnip – good plants for the outside of your garden, deters other bugs as well.

Caterpillars(also works for Moths)

Spray - Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is a natural pesticide and can be purchased at a garden supply.  This will stop the moth stage nipping the problem from the beginning.

Dusting  (great for cabbage plants)  Mix ¼ C of salt ½ C flour –  Sprinkle or dust your cabbage plants.

Foil – wrap around the stems of plants

Sandpaper or asphalt shingles around the base of the plant will also deter them.

Crushed egg shells around the plants or DE (Diatomaceous earth) will deter them.  (hurts!)

Sprinkled Cornmeal around the plant – They’ll eat it, bloat and die.

Cockroaches – (Yuck!)


½ lb of borax 

30 OZ of powder sugar

½ OZ cocoa powder

1 oz salt

Mix thoroughly and sprinkle this natural pesticide around the problem area keeping in mind, this mixtures is harmful to pets and children.

Homemade Bug Sprays

Add 1Tbs of liquid Ivory Soap in a spray bottle (1 qt) filled with water.  Spray directly on the roaches, should kill them.

1 capful of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap in a 1qt spray bottle filled with water.  Spray area(s) where you have a roach problem.   OR you can use 2 Tbs of Tabasco sauce instead of the soap.

Take an empty coffee can and place a couple slices of bread soaked in beer – save the lid for when you’re ready to dispose of those once happy roaches.

Repelling roaches - Bay leaves, cucumber peels and cayenne work well.

Flea Repellent

If you want to keep fleas off your pets, especially dogs, this natural pesticide recipe works wonders....

Vinegar Spray - Mix 50/50 white vinegar and water and pour into a clean spray bottle.    Spray your dogs coat well making sure the solution is well distributed.  (dogs love a little massage)  

Essential Oils - A good smelling solution....

3 oz carrier oil - could be almond oil, apricot kernel, avocado, grapeseed, wheatgerm, etc.
10 drops each of cedarwood essential oil and lavender oil.   Mix together and drop 4-6 drops on your dogs collar every few days or between your dog's shoulders.

Herbal dip - (works for ticks too)

Steep two cups of fresh rosemary in two pints of boiling water - allow to steep for 30 minutes.   When cool, strain and add enough additional water to fill a gallon.   Pour the mixture over your dog until saturated.  Allow your dog to dry without rinsing.

Brewers Yeast - Is a natural flea remedy and good for your pet too!   Just add 1 tsp per 30 pounds (if your dog weighs 15 lbs. 1/2 tsp, 60 lbs. 2 tsp, etc) mixed with their food.   You can find brewer's yeast at most all health food stores.

Trap fleas by putting a dish with soapy water under a night light near your dogs bed.  Fleas are drawn to the warm light and will drown in the dish.    You can also apply diatomaceous earth around your pets bedding.

It's also important to keep the area clean and sanitary making sure you vacuum your rugs and any upholstery where there's a problem.

Flies (also works for Gnats and Mosquitoes)

Fly Paper Recipe

1 Tbls Brown Sugar
1 Tbls White Sugar
¼ C imitation maple syrup or Karo syrup
1 Brown Paper bag
1 Cookie Sheet

Mix all the ingredients well.   Cut strips from the paper bag (about 8”) place on cookie sheet. Pour mixture over paper strips and allow to soak well (overnight).   Hang strips where needed.

Using commercial flytraps – place in filtered sunlight and use fruit or cornmeal mixed with syrup to draw the flies.

Natural Repellants:

Fans – they don’t like the circulating air

Borax will repel and kill them – sprinkle around areas flies are drawn to.

Essential Oils – Peppermint Oil and Oil of Cloves will also repel flies, great to use for picnics.

Rub fresh mint on your animals, great for horses.



Essential Oil Spray - Use approx 10 drops of any of these oils, in any combination, (citrus fruits, lavender, peppermint, citronella, cinnamon, tea tree, rosemary and cloves) into a spray bottle.  Add a squirt of liquid detergent and fill the bottle with water. Spray the mixture on cobwebs, around doors and windows or any place you know is a problem.

Tobacco Spray - 1 pkg chewing tobacco in 1 gallon boiling water, remove from heat and allow to cool.

Strain and mix 1 C of tobacco water with ½ C lemon scented liquid soap.  Spray around the outside or your home and yard with this solution using a hose end sprayer.   It's a great natural pesticide but you'll want to avoid  animals, fish, flowers and garden.

Salt Water -1 oz salt mixed with 1 gallon warm water.  


Cedar chips in the toe of pantyhose.

Pennyroyal herb (found at health food stores) sprinkled in problem areas.

Fresh shelled chestnuts placed at point of entry or ground cloves will deter them.

Of course, seal any cracks or openings they use to gain access to your home.

Diatomaceous earth - Great to use in basements, attics or outside areas where there may be a spider problem. 


DE (Diatomaceous earth) is the most effective and safe treatment.   You can make a spray formula with this by mixing  1 part DE to ¼ boric acid.  (can be found at hardware stores – keep away from kids and pets)  Add water to make a spray…..the stronger the better so don’t add more water than necessary.   Spray on wood surfaces, crawl space and attic.

If you find termite tunnels, dust them with Borax (20 Mule Team)

Of course if you have a termite problem, it's best to call in the professionals


Whiteflies love yellow!  (and tomatoes)  Take a clean empty vegetable or soup can, (one end open) paint it bright yellow and put a baggie over it and rub Vaseline all over the baggie – place it upside down on the stake supporting your tomato plant. Change baggie as needed.

Indoor/Outdoor Natural Pesticides

Indoor plant protection – sprinkle DE (diatomaceous earth) in the saucer under your houseplant to eliminate insects from your plants.

Outdoor Garden - Pour beer in a shallow dish, burying it to allow the dish to remain just above ground level, making it easy for bugs to enter.   They’re attracted to the malt liquor and will drown, just empty and refill as needed.

We've just scratched the surface, there's so many natural pesticide ideas and recipes.   Feel free to contact us to share your success stories so we add to our natural pesticides!

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