Are you going green? If not, you might consider it when it comes to insecticides. If nothing else, while making your own homemade insecticides, you can save yourself from some very harsh chemicals that have been proven to cause sickness and disease.
I will list a few of the home made insecticides that I have used with much success.
Number One is for your lawn and yourself:
Tea Tree Oil Mixture is a wonderful insecticide and it is completely safe for you and your animals. You don’t want to get it in your eyes because it will burn and sting, but besides that it cannot hurt you. What I do is get a spray bottle that is about 32oz and get a small bottle of tea tree oil. You can put one bottle of tee tree oil in the spray bottle and fill the rest up with water. You now have the perfect insecticide. You can go around the areas that you will be gathering and spray it on the lawn, your chairs, patio, trees, bushes and so on. You can spray it on yourself if you want. Like I said, just avoid your eyes and face. You can use this on your lawn. It is perfectly safe and will not hurt your grass. In fact it is good for your grass. I used to sell tea tree oil and that is how I got the knowledge to use it in this manner. We have tried it with a lot of success. It can be costly if you use a lot, but we just use it in the basic area that we are going to be around.
Number Two is for your yard and your body:
Listerene and water is another homemade insecticide. I know it seems odd right? Well it actually works. Bugs don’t like it and they will flee from it. Use about 4 oz of listerene in a spray bottle and the rest water. You can do the same with this as you would the tea tree oil. Just spray it in the area that you and your family will be and you can use it on yourself. To avoid staining, I recommend getting the yellow and not the green or blue color. It is also a bit stronger and more repulsive to the bugs. With this dilution it will not hurt your shrubs or your grass, so it’s perfectly safe. If you find that it’s not repelling the bugs, you can add a little more Listerene to the mixture. This is something I heard from a friend and I’ve tried it and it worked wonderfully. A little listerene goes a long way! So it’s not real expensive. But just like the tea tree oil, we only needed it around our little play area.
We do have a friend that put it in a hose sprayer and used it that way on his lawn. He said it kept it bug free for the whole evening. He was referring to mosquitos. He said the family also used it on themselves avoiding obvious areas. You would not want to get it in your eyes of course.
Number Three is for the lawn and other greenery:
This is actually a recipe that I got from a website. This is called spearmint, hot pepper and horseradish spray. Here is what you will need:
1/4 cup of hot red peppers
1/4 cup horseradish, both root and leaves
1 tablespoons of liquid detergent
1/4 cup green onion tops
1/4 cup of fresh spearmint
1/2 gallon water
Mix the spearmint leaves, horseradish, onion tops and peppers together with enough water to cover everything. Then strain the solution. Add a half-gallon of water and the detergent. You can use this to spray almost any plant safely. Store the mixture for a few days in a cool place. It will not smell wonderful, but that is the point. The bugs will hate it! I have not tried this yet, but it will be next on my list because it looks inexpensive. I do have a friend that lives on the river that sent me to this website and told me it works like a charm and is cheap.
You will also find many other insecticide treatments that are totally homemade at the same website which is: http://ezinearticles.com/?Homemade-Pesticide-Recipes&id=308404