Prepared by Maher Jabado
Garlic As An Organic Pesticide
When you think of garlic, you would never think that it is a natural garden pesticide. While many of us cook with garlic, many people have found a multitude of uses, such as a pesticide that is natural and organic and won't put toxins in you and your family, harm the environment, is easy and inexpensive to make.
Yes, it works and No your vegetables won't taste like garlic.
Garlic is a great organic garden pesticide, garlic is actually called an Allium, a bulb type plant that smells. Just as onion is a Allium. There are a few different ways that you can prepare garlic to use as a pesticide.
One way is to chop about 3 - ounces of garlic and soak in mineral oil for one day. You then add 1 teaspoon of fish emulsion, which is great for your plants, mix with 1 pint of water and add it to the garlic mix. Stir and strain, remix with the liquid with 1 part solution to 20 parts water. You have now made your own home made natural garlic pesticide.
Spray your plants at least once a week or more if needed for infestation. Using garlic as an organic pesticide will help ants, aphids, army worms, caterpillars, Colorado beetle, diamondback moth, pulse beetle, whitefly, wireworm, false codling moth, imported cabbage worm, khapra beetle, mice, mites, moles, Mexican bean beetle, peach borers and termites as well as fungi and bacteria.
Since garlic is a broad spectrum natural insecticide . This means that it will kill beneficial insects as well as pests. Try to spray only the affected areas where pests are doing most damage.