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Five Homemade Bug Spray for Gardens That Works

Natural bug sprays can be made inexpensively and naturally at your home, as practically all household items. All you need is a good recipe.

The article includes several variations of the recipe for spray against home bugs, so you can try whichever recipe you have the ingredients for, since it can be based on what you have available.

1.”Vinegar of the Four Thieves” Bugs Spray


  • 2 tablespoons, each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint
  • 1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • At least quart size glass jar with airtight lid


  • Put all herbs and the vinegar into large glass jar.
  • Seal the jar tightly and store it on counter or on a place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.
  • After the 2-3 weeks period, strain the herbs out and store the liquid in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.
  • Use it in situations of need for serious bug control
  • If you use it on the skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.

2. Dried or Fresh Herbs Bugs Spray


  • Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc. I recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.
  • Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
  • Distilled water


Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs in any combination from the above.

  • Mix well, cover and let the mixture to cool. Covering is important to keep the volatile oils in.
  • Strain herbs out and mix the created water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store the spray in a spray bottle in the fridge.
  • Use as needed.

3. Simple Garlic Spray

This is a very simple and effective recipe which is used at the first sign of buggies. Get 1 head of garlic, 1 cup of vegetable oil and some drops of dishwashing soap. Put the garlic through a garlic press, then, toss in a container with oil.

Place it in fridge for 3 days until you get a strong garlic smell. Once you have the smell strain out the oil and mix with 3 cups of water and the dishwashing soap.

4. Nicotine

Apparently nicotine has great effects against ground, soil pests, and many leaf-chewing insects.

You can brew your own batch of nicotine tea by soaking tobacco leaves or cigarette butts in water to make a spray. Soak 1 cup of dried, crushed tobacco leaves, or an equivalent amount of cigarette butts, in one gallon of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon pure soap added. After it has soaked for ½ hour, strain the mixture through cheesecloth. If stored in a tightly closed container, this solution will last for several weeks.

For leaf pests, spray leaves thoroughly, especially the undersides. For soil pests, pour the spray mixture onto the soil in the area of the stem base and root zone.

5. The “Hot” Dusts

Capsaicin is a compound shown to successfully repel insects. It can be found in black pepper, chili pepper, dill, ginger, paprika, and red pepper.

If you grow and dry your own red peppers, chili peppers, or dill, you can make lots of dust at low cost. Use a mortar and pestle to grind the peppers, or dill, including the seeds, to dust. Otherwise, buy some packaged pepper dusts from the shop.

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