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Slug Bait Trap


Set out beer in shallow containers to attract slugs, they’ll drown in the beer.
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Citrus Spray

2 cups orange peels (or lemons)
4 cups water

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add peels. Cover and steep until cool. Strain and spray. Use the lemon mixture to repel white flies.
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Peppermint Tea


1 TBS peppermint essential oil (can also use an infusion made with mint leaves, increase amount to 1 cup infusion)
1 quart water

Mix together and use as an insect spray (good for ants).
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Japanese Beetle Bait Trap


2 cups water
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup wine
1/2 tsp yeast

Mix ingredients together and put in an old margarine container, cover with lid and set container out in the hot sun for a day. The next day, remove lid and set in garden where the beetles have been spotted (use a shallow container).
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Potato Leaves Tea

1 cup potato plant leaves
2 cups water

Chop leaves then cover with hot water. Seal container and leave 24 hours in a sunny window. Strain then spray.
Potato leaves are poisonous, take care when preparing and handling. Do not use on food bearing plants.
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Working With Homemade Pesticides: Tips

Apply the pesticide on top of the leaves as well as underneath–don’t overdo it, excess spraying can cause damage to plants.

Most recipes can be used effectively with just a weekly spray. Excessive spraying may affect the plant as well as kill the good insects you want to encourage in your garden (earthworms, bees, ladybugs, etc.). If you aren’t seeing results with a 7 day spray, you can bump it up to 5 days but watch the plant carefully to make sure it can handle it without being damaged.
Avoid spraying during hot sunny weather, spray later in the day to reduce the risk of plants burning.


If it looks like rain, delay spraying the plants until the weather is clear since any rain will wash away the new treatment. If it has recently rained, wait till the plants are dry before applying treatment to prevent the recipe being diluted with water.

When trying a new pesticide recipe on a plant, test a couple leaves before spraying the whole plant (spray then watch how the test leaves react after two or three days, if no signs of damage proceed with spraying the whole plant).
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How would you like to know a few homemade pesticide recipes that are not only safe, but will cost you next to nothing? It's still possible to keep your garden free from pests without toxins and harmful chemicals.

Most chemical pesticides are toxic to humans as well as pets and small animals that may enter your yard or garden. That's why homemade pesticides make a lot more sense.

Here are a few of the most common homemade pesticide recipes for your houseplants, yard and garden.
Homemade Pesticide For Snails and Slugs

Diatomaceous earth is a powder-like dust made of tiny marine organisms called diatoms. It is effective on soft-bodied insects as well as snails and slugs. Just spread it on top of the soil and it works by cutting and irritating these soft organisms yet is harmless to other organisms. You can also put out shallow dishes of beer to trap snails and slugs.

To Keep Bugs Away From Houseplants

This is the safest natural pesticide for any home gardener and is effective on a variety of bugs and insects. Mix 3 tablespoons of liquid detergent into a gallon of water. Use in a sprayer bottle for houseplants.

Another Bugs Away From Houseplants Mix

To keep bugs away from houseplants, mix 1 clove garlic, 1 small hot pepper and 1 quart water in a blender. Pour into a spray bottle and apply to plants. Putting hot sauce on a cotton ball in a house plant pot will also repel pests.

Cabbage worms and Spider Mites Mix

For garden pests like cabbage worms and spider mites, mix 2 tablespoons of salt in 1 gallon of water and use in a sprayer bottle.

To Control Garden Pests

Gather together a collection of dead bugs, crush them up and mix with water. Strain the mix until it will come out of a spray bottle. Only use this mix outside.


Spearmint Hot Pepper Horseradish Spray

This is effective on many different kinds of outside bugs and insects and should be an outside spray.

1/4 cup of hot red peppers

1/2 gallon water

1/4 cup of fresh spearmint

1/4 cup horseradish, both root and leaves

1 tablespoons of liquid detergent

1/4 cup green onion tops

Mix the spearmint leaves, horseradish, onion tops and peppers together with enough water to cover everything. Then strain the solution. Add a half-gallon of water and the detergent. You can use this to spray almost any plant safely. Store the mixture for a few days in a cool place.

Natural Pesticide for Aphids and Whiteflies


Mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with water and spray on plants leaves. This is extremely effective in controlling many soft-bodied insects such as aphids and whiteflies.

Homemade Pesticide For Roses

In your blender make a solution of leaves from a tomato plant 4 pints of water and a tablespoon of cornstarch. Strain the mix and spray on roses as a natural pesticide. Keep any unused spray refrigerated.
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Do It Yourself Organic Pest Control


Most people consider pest control as a boundless combat between them and the pest. No matter how clean your house or backyard is, pest infestation is bound to occur.

The question is how do you leave a low environmental impact and still control or prevent pests like bugs, rodents, ticks, fleas, mosquitoes and insects. You need to deal with the problem before it goes out of control. Pest like cockroaches, rodents, termites, bees, ants, ticks and many such are attracted to homes because of the shelter, food and warmth.

Some of the pests are simply frustrating, others like mice and rats carry diseases, and some others like spiders can be poisonous. It is always a good idea to know the type of pest problem that you have, so that you can address it effectively. Better deal with the problem in the initial stages, or else they will start infesting all over the place.

There are many insecticides available in the market but they pose long term environment and health hazards. The alternative is to use homemade, non-toxic pesticides made from ingredients available at your home. If you are interested in do-it-yourself pest control, read more for safe natural pesticides that you can make at home, and are effective against any pests.

Homemade Organic Pesticides

Prevention is always better than cure. To prevent bug infestations make sure all the cracks in the house are well sealed. The windows and doors should be sealed with proper fitting screens to keep out the mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, and spiders. Avoid keeping plants close to the outside walls, keep your food covered, store clothing in plastic bags, clear the debris, and cover your garbage bin.


Garlic is considered to be a natural pesticide and insect repellent. Planting garlic along with tomatoes keeps the red spider mites away. Spraying garlic spray in ponds can kill the mosquitoes.


You can prepare garlic spray at home. In a bowl add 4 ounces of finely chopped garlic bulbs, and soak them for a day. Dissolve one teaspoon of fish emulsion in one pint of water. Mix this with the garlic-water solution. Filter this liquid, and store in a glass container. While using this mixture dilute one part of the solution to 20 parts of water. This kills mosquitoes, aphids, red ants and onion flies.


You can prepare tomato leaf insect spray by crushing tomato leaves in a blender. To the blended tomato leaves, mix 4 pints of water along with one tablespoon of cornstarch. Filter this liquid, and store in the fridge. Use it according to your requirements.


Insecticidal soap is very effective against garden pests like caterpillars, spider mites, beetles, fleas, aphids, whiteflies, and leafhoppers. It has to be sprayed directly on the pest. This soap becomes more potent when mixed with rotenone. When mixed with natural oils it can be used to rid powdery mildew.


Onion and mint are excellent repellents against beetles, fleas, and bugs. Neem, sabadilla, pyrethrin, rotenone are some of the best known organic pesticides. These are quite effective against aphids, beetles, bugs and mites.


Borax or boric acid is an effective biocide and fungicide, especially when it is combined with hydrogen peroxide. It kills toxic molds and fungus. It is also effective against ants, ticks, termites, cockroaches, fleas, and other insects.


Hang up an orange peel or cloves, or lots of basil and mint around the house to keep the flies away. To get rid of moths, keep cheesecloth bags of mixtures containing 1/2 pound rosemary, 1/4 pound thyme, 1/4 pound ginseng (optional), 1/2 pound mint, and 2 tablespoons of cloves in your drawers and closets.

To eliminate ants, mix vinegar in a 1:1 ratio with water, and wash the kitchen surfaces with this solution. Another option is to put bone meal, powdered charcoal or lemon in areas where the ants surface.


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awesome thread, bookmarked for awesomeness.

i worry about there being something in Advanced Nutes, theres fluoride in my citie's water supply so who knows. i have done soil before, outdoor, but i used miracle grow and some other slow release chem shit like a nub haha. that's why i wanna try the all natural route when i can throw something in the ground come spring time.

from the sounds of it you must be partially- totally self sustainable?
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We're partial...and they fluorinate us as well!`
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Awesome thread Pharmgirl!

how bout alfalfa?

about a cup of alfalfa pellets ground up and put in a nylon sock. (tied)
4 gallons of water
-Soak the tied sock filled with alfalfa in the water. Hook up an aquarium pump to bubble it for 24 hours.
-Alfalfa is high in nitrogen. It can be used to water your plants or as a folier spray (faster absorption). Careful though.. it can get hot so don't overdo or you'll burn your lovelies.
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^ there's fields of alfalfa not far from the camp....I can have as many square bails or fresh stuff as I want hmmmmmm.......(will look into this recipe for next year...don't be surprised to see this pop-up again)
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i am green with envy pG, even at partial. they are poisoning us..
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Keeps the cavities at bay though!

I heard that the Gov buys the fluorine for the water from companies that have it as industrial waste. Pretty sick shit. Thank god for well water.
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OK... So Pharm Girl asked me to merge the 'ABCs' thread and when I did it looked goofy as these posts we first instead of hers.... so here is how the info shall be spread.

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Yep, keep the seedlings moist but not sodden.


I`ve had an infestation of annoying little flies that sound the same as yours. They lived in the soil.
I think they came in with some manured horse shit I used in in a soil mix. I kept them under control with soap spray, eventually they died out.

One has to be careful about introducing anything from outdoors as all kinds of critters can gain entry into the growspace that way. I think if one has a good composting technique and composts for a long time then the risks are reduced.

Your momma plant looks fit and healthy.

The seedlings don`t look too bad. In future for seedlings I`d just use the organic soil without the chicken poo/compost but maybe with perlite, vermiculite and or coco fibre to thin it a little. Less rich soils are better suited to little plants- as they grow and develop stronger root systems they can cope with more nutrients. Also perlite, vermiculite and coco all improve drainage which helps air get to the roots.


If your plants are fit and healthy it will be easier to get rid of pests. When I had the annoying little flies I think other plant health issues had made it easy for them to get a foothold in my grow.

I think I can see woodchip in your soil. These or any other uncomposted material can cause acidity as they rot down. This may not be a major issue but do be aware of the pH of soil and the water you use. In soil cannabis likes a pH of around 6 to 6.5. In hydro setups a slightly lower pH is considered ideal. Tap water is often quite alkaline.
If pH strays too far from the ideal then the plant loses the ability to absorb certain nutrients and trace elements- this will cause issues.
You can get pH test solution from a garden, aquarium or hydro store or use litmus paper or a pH meter.
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i've got some organic oil that is a natural deterrant for many bugs, you may find something similar locally
or if soap spray doesn't work you could try pyrethrum, it's natural, but pretty nasty
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1 t cayenne pepper
1 T olive oil
1 t dish soap

add ingredients to spray bottle then fill with water and mist plants every so often. works great.
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Plant the herb horehound (Marrubium vulgare) which is known to repel grasshoppers.
Grasshoppers do not like cilantro which is used by many organic gardeners as a barrier crop.
Plant calendula as a barrier deterrent.
Spray a heavy infusion of garlic oil as a repellent.
Grasshoppers are attracted to monocultures and do not like nitrogen-fixing crops like peas and sweet clover.
Row covers, like Reemay, or screens can be effectively used to keep them from your crops.

Garlic Oil Spray

To make: Combine 3 ounces of minced garlic cloves with 1 ounce of mineral oil. Let soak for 24 hours or longer. Strain.
Next mix 1 teaspoon of fish emulsion with 16 ounces of water. Add 1 tablespoon of castile soap to this.
Now slowly combine the fish emulsion water with the garlic oil. Kept in a sealed glass container this mixture will stay viable for several months. To use: Mix 2 tablespoons of garlic oil with 1 pint of water and spray.


Sink glass jars into the soil. Fill to the halfway point wit a mixture of 10 parts water to 1 part of molasses. The hoppers are drawn to the sweet smell of the molasses, they dive in and drown. Clean traps as needed.
Try a caffeine spray. Brew coffee 5 to 10 times stronger. Cool and spray as is.
Try a pepper spray using jalapenos, habaneros or any HOT pepper to repel the adults. Include some castile soap in with this...

So...if the deer dint do it....then, maybe it could be the more territorial critters..like the squirrel, racoon...or the ground hog!
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Keeps the cavities at bay though!

I heard that the Gov buys the fluorine for the water from companies that have it as industrial waste. Pretty sick shit. Thank god for well water.

Fluoride is indeed a waste product of the phosphate fertilizer production.

Hope you live in a very isolated area, otherwise your well water is probably shit too. Runoff is a bitch.

The worlds water supply has gone to shit. Very very polluted. Test the water anywhere on earth and it will be positive for antidepressants, antibiotics and other fluorinated chemicals. not to mention the fluoride put in mass into the water supplies, which goes through the shower, toilet, and tap, all eventually getting pumped back out into the ocean. Many chems (including fluorides) do not get removed at water treatment sites.


I could go on and on about the sketchy and wtf scenarios that caused fluoride to be put into the water supplies BUT i dont really think i need to. The permanent pollution of our worlds water with a largely unknown chemical should be enough...
nobody does anything about it though, for others or even themselves, and most just dismiss it as a conspiracy and ignore the problem...

Dont worry though, a major goal i have in life is to end this. I got this guys no worries. I would LOVE for someone else to jump on this though so i can cross it off my list...feel free


Distilled water ladies and gentlemen... It is the only way.
Buy it by the gallon, just 99 cents around these parts. Or better yet invest a couple hundred bucks in a quality distiller. Problem solved.

Been drinking fluoride free water for almost a year now.
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Houseplant food
Vegetable fertilizer
Rose plant food

What You Need:

1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt
1 gallon water
A watering can
What You Do:

1. Combine the Epsom salt and water.
2. Use the solution to water your plants.
3. Repeat once a month.

Why This Works:

Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Some magnesium-loving plants to try it on: houseplants, roses, peppers, tomatoes and potatoes.

Been adding a tablespoon of the unscented generic stuff in each pepper, egg plant and tomato transplant hole for decades.

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Any fertilizer

What You Need:

Used fish tank water
What You Do:

1. Save the dirty water from your fish tank.
2. Then, use it to water your plants.

Why This Works:

Used fish tank water is full of nitrogen and other nutrients that plants need to thrive.

Aquaponics baby. I circulate striped bass tank water through a solids separator and settlement tank where the larger particles are regularly drained off of the bottom and applied to field crops. The remaining effluent flows through DWC lettuce, greens and herb beds as well as basaltic gravel ebb and flow beds. The basalt beds are loaded with worms, so the combined action of the fish effluent ebb and flow with the vermiculture provides a near complete nutrient and micro-nutrient feed. We also supplement with some iron and kelp meal to round out the regimen. This supports everything from greenhouse fig trees to 20'+ tomato vines. Since we are what we eat, the fish are fed spirulina algae and meal worms that we raise ourselves, mixed with recycled fish meal made from sun dried offal from previous fish harvests (commercial animal feeds are now all GMO corn and soy shit... never yet seen a school of fish graze a corn field). The sun drying bins drive the cats crazy but the sun's UV keeps it all working safely and we've never had any issues with unwanted pathogens. Plants are super healthy and so are the fish.

Pests generally don't bother healthy plants.
The only time we ever see any is when the surrounding Monsanto serfs spray their poison. That's when anything left to evolve into next season's super bug lands on us, but usually with little or no real effect. Healthy plants are actually unpalatable or indigestible to many of their typical pests.

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Japanese Beetle Bait Trap


2 cups water
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup wine
1/2 tsp yeast

Mix ingredients together and put in an old margarine container, cover with lid and set container out in the hot sun for a day. The next day, remove lid and set in garden where the beetles have been spotted (use a shallow container).
Never tried but I'm certainly gonna. Usually end up just hand picking the little bastards.

Some other things we've used with good results:

Everything from differing varieties of beneficials (wasps, lady bugs etc.) to collecting Preying Mantis egg sacks to beneficial nematodes for different soil strata levels. One lives in the top 3-4", one down around a foot and another in between. Since most pests over winter in the soil, or at least spend some part of their life cycle there, we apply on all new ground twice a year for two years and then annually. Combined with everything else we never have any serious pest insect issues indoors or out.

Cloches are pretty bullet proof for self or wind pollinated crops, or they can just be used to get everything well established enough that the bugs can't get the upper hand when it's removed.

Used to use insecticidal soap for some of the fruit trees but once good organic practices have established a complete and healthy soil we use nothing but compost tea as a foliar feed if anything appears suspect. We also employ a cheap labor force of bug and slug assassins in the form of chickens, turkeys, ducks and guinea fowl. Each has their strengths and weaknesses but the guineas are the best for tick control (Lyme disease is a real issue here). They like to roost in the neighboring woods, and suffer for their freedom, but they are great watch dogs that even the hawks don't seem to care for. Ducks are slug destroyers and generally leave the plants alone but the chickens have to be limited to mature crops and stuff that fruits high enough that they can't hop up and grab. Turkeys and guineas will forage for most of their food but the chickens and ducks need a little help.

All of that plus tasty nutritious eggs and soup/pot pies later on.
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