I love to read and the great stories always have a Hero that always tries to overcome the memorable Villain. Sometimes, if the villain is entertaining enough, my dark side roots for him. However, when it comes to my garden I don’t root for the villain, ever. Following is a homemade bug spray that allows me to eradicate the villains of my garden without getting rid of the heroes.
To make the spray you will need a spray bottle that has been washed thoroughly, water, rubbing alcohol, and liquid detergent.
Fill the bottle 85% full with water.
Add a dash of soft soap like Ivory Liquid Dish Soap, Castille Soap, or Murphy’s oil soap.
Then fill the remaining 15% with rubbing alcohol.
Mix and then spray on a few vegetables to test them and make sure it won’t harm them. After spraying wait a day and check your plants. If they look OK go ahead and spray all of your vegetables. It is better to do this at dusk or at dawn when the sun isn’t as strong so your leaves don’t burn.
You may be asking what this concoction does. Well the soap penetrates and clogs the insects body membranes which kills them on contact. This works on the villains of the garden like spider mites, aphids, mealybugs, and whiteflies. The alcohol in the mix also kills these soft bodied bugs on contact.
Since this only kills bugs on contact, spray this on your plants 2 or 3 days in a row to make sure you get as many of the bad guys as possible. After spraying this on and giving it a little time to do it’s work, it is also a good idea to then rinse off your plants. The nice thing about this mixture is that it will dissipate and won’t linger to harm your good bugs.