10 Homemade Natural Insect Repellents for Your Plants

Make a fantastic salt spray that you can use to repel spider mites and other similar insects. All you need to do is mix two tablespoons of Himalayan crystal salt with about one gallon of warm water. Make sure it’s all combined well and then spray the infected areas as necessary. You’ll see the insects begin to avoid your plants!

Eucalyptus oil is actually a great way to repel flies, bees, wasps, and other flying critters. You can mix the eucalyptus oil into water and spray it, but I’ve found that just sprinkling straight eucalyptus oil is much more potent and effective. Your bug problem should be gone super quick!

To deal with ants, try this remedy. Combine 10 drops of citrus oil with one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and about 1 cup of warm water. Shake the ingredients well and then spray onto your plants that are being eaten.

I hate when slugs start eating up my garden, but here’s a natural remedy to repel them. Mix three tablespoons of liquid soap (I like Organic Castile) with 1 ounce of orange oil and one gallon of water. Shake the bottle to mix well and spray onto your plants or directly onto the slugs, ants, and roaches.

I love garlic and onions, and I learned that they can be used as a natural insect repellent! Mince up one clove of garlic and one medium onion. Spray onto your plants to protect them. If you refrigerate this mixture, it can last for about a week before it loses its strength.

Neem oil is an effective ingredient to many insect repellents. All you need to do is mix one teaspoon of neem oil with a half teaspoon of soap and a quart of warm water. You can spray the mixture on your plants to protect them from most intrusive insects.

For fungal diseases, which can cause as much or more damage than insects, try this solution. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda into one gallon of water. Mix well and then spray the mixture onto the affected areas. Do this every other day or so and the fungus should eventually go away.

For treating aphids, mites, and other critters, try this basic but effective insect repellent. Mix together one cup of vegetable oil and one tablespoon of soap. Shake them together and then, when you’re ready to apply, combine 2 teaspoons of the spray with one quart of water. Spray this onto the plants and the bugs should go away.

Chili peppers are a great way to repel insects, did you know that? Just mix one tablespoon of chili powder with 1 quart of water and a few drops of soap. Just make sure to keep this out of your eyes and mouth, because it can burn!

Lawn grubs are so obnoxious because they can turn your grass brown no matter how much you water. Luckily, milky spore is a natural remedy that can solve this problem. Spread the granules over the lawn where the grubs are and repeat this as necessary. The milky spores will kill the grubs but won’t harm anything else.