Posted in Home & Garden, Make-Do Tips, Natural Alternatives

My Testing Experience- Homemade Insect Spray on Ant Beds

I use natural alternatives to dangerous and environmentally harmful substances as often as possible. I have used this insect spray recipe to rid my bean plants of insects that were eating my plants in the past and it worked well. This year we had 3 huge anthills in three of our raised garden beds. We use those raised beds to grow food so it was important to me that we not use a commercial poison. So, even though I hadn’t heard of anyone using this mix for ants I thought I would give it a try. 

It worked! I only changed two things about the recipe. As a plant spray I strained the mix and used a spray bottle to apply it.  And I applied it in the evening and left it overnight. As an ant mix I did not strain the mix and I poured it directly into the anthill during the hottest time of the day. Be careful when doing this. Ants can come out of there quickly and be on you and stinging before you know it. Wear protective clothing and move away as soon as you finish pouring! Try this at your own risk! And please do not kill any creature unnecessarily, insect or not. The ants we used this on was blocking our vegetable beds and stinging us. 

Here’s the recipe:

  • 6 cloves of garlic chopped fine (fresh – don’t use powder)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp. Natural dish soap
  • 2 tbsp cayenne pepper

Mix with 1 quart warm water and steep at least one day. The longer it sits the stronger the mix. Strain it then use a spray bottle to treat plants or pour as-is if using on anthill. For ants, make sure anthill is saturated in order to reach the bottom of the hill. 

Have a Daisy May Day!

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