Homemade Insect Repellent

Garden pests are frustrating.  Right now there are insects feasting on my plants, so I understand how aggravating those pesky bugs can be.  Yet there is no way in the world I’m going to spray them with synthetic pesticides.

Why not?  They get rid of insect pests quickly and easily, saving the plants.  This puts more food on the table, right? But that food will be poisoned.  Far from harmless, synthetic pesticides were made to kill.  They do a satisfactory job of eliminating insect pests, but they also get into the plants that become our food.  So if you think about it, we are all eating poison.

It’s not a happy thought.  Especially since synthetic pesticides can cause so many health problems, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease!  If you don’t believe me, read Organic Valley’s article about the dangers of these toxic insect repellents.

In my attempt to follow organic gardening practices, I refuse to use synthetic pesticides.  Instead, I make homemade pest repellents.  Weed’ em & Reep, an excellent blog filled with helpful info, has a homemade pesticide recipe.  I decided to try it.  I sprayed it today, so I can’t tell you yet if it really works.  But if bad bugs are wrecking your garden I recommend giving natural pest repellants a chance before resorting to synthetic pesticides.

Remember, bad bugs keep the good bugs around.  Your goal is not to completely wipe out the bad bugs, but to control them so that they don’t destroy an entire crop.  As in all things, there must be balance.  A garden will have both bad and good bugs, and taking action against the bad is only necessary when they are doing serious damage.

Of course, the best pest prevention is taking good care of your garden.  Healthy soil, sun, water, and beneficial insects all work together to keep pests from causing havoc.