Natural Solutions for Repelling Bugs in the Garden

The simplest, safest and cleanest methods of repelling bugs in the garden are with natural DIY repellents you can make with common household products. There are so many products and methods used by gardeners to repel bugs in the garden. Just like us, bugs hate common scents, textures and liquids, which can all act as irritants for them in order to keep them away from the plants we are trying to keep bug free. To create some of the most effective DIY bug repellents for your garden, you only have to look to your kitchen cabinets to come up with both multi purpose and targeted combinations that will help you rid your garden of the bugs that like to snack on your vegetable and flowers.

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Note: Don’t spray these bug repellents around your hummingbird feeder or they will stop coming. They don’t like the scent

Dairy Bug Repellent

Milk has so many natural uses, and one of them is as a bug repellent and pesticide in the garden. You can mix up your own solution using milk as a base to repel bugs that have decided to grow among your greens — broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. The milk won’t immediately chase these grubs away, but spraying it consistently around the area where they congregate will result in the growth of a bacteria that they can not survive. Combine half parts water and milk in a spray bottle, spray the area around the base of your vegetables once a week to prevent these pests.

Baking Soda Bug Repellent

Note: This one is our favorite. It works like a charm

There are hundreds of DIY bug repellent combinations that use baking soda as a main ingredient because it is the best way to repel a huge number of common pests. Mites can crowd and infest a garden in under a week, ants can quickly eat their way through young vegetables and a host of other pests can strip plants of their leaves in a day. A basic DIY solution includes a tablespoon of baking soda, 1 quart of water, couple drops of liquid soap, and 5 cloves of crushed garlic in a spray bottle. Use this directly on the plants you are trying to deter bugs from infesting, and directly on pest infestations that you notice.

Spicy Chili Powder Bug Repellent

Just as our skin is irritated by spicy ingredients, soft bodied insects like slugs and beetles become irritated when natural, heat packing items touch their skin. Garlic and chili can be combined with water and soap to create a solution for pests that have soft bodies and return to the same plants again and again. Combine 5 crushed cloves, a tablespoon of chili powder and couple drops of liquid soap with a quart of water in a spray bottle and apply directly to insects and around and on the plants that they like to devour.

Ladybugs Are Natural Bug Repellents

Ladybugs eat other insects, most of which are considered pests to humans. You can attract ladybugs into your garden by setting up a ladybug house but did you now you can also buy live ladybugs? You can buy ladybugs at local garden centers and online. Ladybugs are the ultimate natural bug repellent and since they eat pest insects, including aphids, which are actually a main part of the ladybug’s diet, they are often called a “gardener’s best friend”.

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