Easy Vegetable Garden Insecticide Recipe
Aphids, whiteflies, scale bugs, thrips, and spider mites are all common garden pests for both indoor and outdoor gardens. There are some very good synthetic insecticides that combat these little boogers and potentially introduce harmful toxins to your vegetable plants whose products you eat.
Bifenthrin for example is a common pesticide ingredient that has been tested for toxicity in rabbits and rats but not humans.
The various material safety data sheets (MSDS) that are available for this common ingredient say that it may be mildly toxic in humans but since it hasn’t been tested how do we know for sure? Instead of sifting through the various data on potentially hazardous chemicals that we are adding to our food sources doesn’t it seem safer to use a product that has already been proven to be safe for our babies and is used in the smallest doses possible to not penetrate the protective layer of our garden plants?
That is what I thought; for that reason I have done some homework on a simple insecticide that doesn’t kill the pests but repels them.
The residue will remain on the stems and leaves of the plants making it taste terrible for the sap-sucking bugs who love to eat up your produce.
That being said, it is important to note that this spray should not be used on vegetable plants that have a waxy covering or hairy leaves and should not be sprayed in direct sunlight or you risk burning the plant.
Vegetable Garden Insecticide Recipe Ingredients
Here is what you need:
• 2 Tbsp. baby shampoo
• 1 gal. of water
Here is what you do:
• Add two tablespoons of baby shampoo to one gallon of water. Pour into your choice of a spray bottle (make sure it is clean of course) and spray liberally on your vegetable plants.
• Let set for at least four hours, longer if possible, before using a garden hose to rinse the plants off.
This can be used once a week to keep the pests off your vegetable bounty.