Try these recipes for homemade bug spray for plants and keep your garden free from pesky little critters who will try to eat your fruits and veggies before you do! Learn three recipes to get rid of beetles, aphids and slugs without any harmful chemicals.
How do I keep bugs from eating my plants?
Picture this: You have a great garden growing and are waiting for the plants to finally start producing so you can harvest the food and eat your own homegrown produce. Then one day you walk outside and your plants have holes in them! Something is eating your fruits and veggies and you are in utter disgust with garden bugs!
It’s okay. It’s happened to even the most seasoned gardeners. In this article we will take a look at some common garden bugs as well as how to get rid of them with these recipes for homemade bug spray for plants.
How can you identify some of the most common bugs?
- Beetles: There are SO many different types of beetles. From small ones that are harmless to large ones that eat up plants and harvests quickly. Many of these species are specific to one plant or host of similar plants that they can live on or munch on. The easiest way to identify what kind of beetle you are dealing with is to locate them and look up the description of what you see. If you can’t seem to find any try checking as the sun is setting and its getting darker out, often times that’s when pests come out to munch undisturbed. If you aren’t able to locate any beetles at all, you might have a different bug issue all together.
- Slugs: Look for leaves that have large holes in them, slug trails are always a sure sign of them as well. You can also think about what time of year it is as slugs will come out before many other pests are out for the year. So if it’s in early spring, you likely are dealing with slugs. They will try to eat flowers as well leaving similar holes to what the leaves will look like.
- Aphids: Look for leaves that are misshapen, yellowing, or curling. You can also check the underside of the leaves and likely see the aphids on the plant. Aphids are a small bug, they come in high numbers, not just a few, and leave a sticky substance on leaves and stems.
Just a little side note before we get started on how to get rid of these pests, you may need to use trial an error to solve your problem. It’s often not a onetime deal and it’s often not the same pest with each issue that you have. Keep a record of what worked and didn’t work for future reference with other bug problems as they arise.
Check out the video below and learn how to make homemade bug spray for aphids- then keep reading for the written instructions for other types of bugs.
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