Regardless of where you stand on using chemical based bug sprays, one thing's for sure, and that is, if you do not keep the harmful insects off your fruits and vegetables, you won’t have much to harvest.
Me personally, I do not like to use any bug sprays made with chemicals.
It just makes me feel uncomfortable to spray the food, me and my family
is going to eat. What I have learned, over the thirty plus years of
gardening, is that you can make your own sprays at home, that can
One thing that has been common when searching for solutions to repel bad
insects, is that hot pepper is always the number one ingredient of any
home made bug spray (most of the time, some web sites differ). The
active ingredient in hot peppers is capsaicin (chili peppers actually).
Capsaicin will create a burning sensation when it comes in contact with
human tissue, so be careful when creating your spray.
As with any spray, you will need to reapply after rain or watering that
could wash your homemade spray away. As a note of caution, use care
when creating any hot pepper based spray as it can irritate your skin
and eyes. So wear protective eyewear and gloves when needed.
In a pot on your stove, add in seven crushed garlic cloves, one
tablespoon of powdered cayenne pepper and three cups of water. Heat up
mixture, stirring to completely to combine the ingredients. Try not to
bring the mixture to a boil as that is not necessary. Set the mixture
aside for forty-eight hours as to allow the ingredients to combine.
Once combined, add mixture to a hand held spray bottle and begin
spraying your plants as needed.
Just remember to wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly prior to consumption.