Pest problems for your indoor garden are no joke. When you see them, it’s important that you get rid of them as fast as possible.
While there are pesticides that you can easily get, they can sometimes get a little expensive, and when you’re not using them properly, you could get certain side effects that could affect your health and safety.
But the good news is that there are safer options. In fact, you can make your own pesticides at home using natural ingredients, such as the following:
Garlic continues to see a lot of use outside the kitchen, and because of its various properties (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral), it’s easy to see why.
Simply peel and crush five bulbs and mix with a little over five hundred milliliters of water, leave the mixture to infuse for six hours, and add just a little bit of dish soap before passing it through a strainer and diluting the infused liquid with a gallon of water.
The result should be a potent spray that you can use on your indoor plants once or twice a week. To get the best results, make a fresh batch every week.
Perhaps the most powerful natural pesticide substance on the planet (containing over fifty natural pesticides), this bitter tree leaf oil can make an excellent spray when used right.
To do this, mix fourteen milliliters of high quality neem oil and a half-teaspoon of mild liquid soap with roughly 1.8 liters of warm water, and stir slowly. Be sure to add it to your spray bottle and secure the lid before using.
White Oil Spray
If you’re short on budget and materials, you can always just use these two to make an effective bug spray – soap and oil!
To make this, just mix one part liquid soap to four parts vegetable oil (say, 1/4th cup soap to one cup vegetable oil). Shake it well until the resulting mixture looks white, and once it’s done, you now have a concentrated bug spray solution.
Be sure to dilute this spray by mixing one tablespoon with four cups of water before using it on your plants.
These are all examples of effective natural pesticides that you can use, but keep in mind that the following are meant to be used for grown plants that already have leaves. For plants that have just begun to sprout, you want to avoid using pesticides and water them regularly instead.
There are a lot of ways to get rid of bugs, and because the growing season in Singapore is year-round, you want to be on your toes to keep your garden pest-free.