D.I.Y. Remedies to Naturally Repel Pests

Thanks to some help from our University of Florida friends, check out a few of our simple & natural solutions to your pest problems below!

RED PEPPER SOLUTION:

What You Need:

  • 2 TBSPs red cayenne pepper 
  • 6 drops of liquid dishwashing soap (a kind without degreaser)
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Spray bottle

How To: 

  1. Water plants one day prior to application 
  2. Mix cayenne pepper, liquid dishwashing soap, and water
  3. Allow mixture to sit overnight and then stir it thoroughly to dissolve pepper
  4. Wait 2-3 days & check results! 

*Spray weekly


SOAPY SOLUTION

What You Need:

  • 2.5 TBSPs of liquid dishwashing soap (a kind without degreaser) 
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Spray bottle

How To: 

  1. Water plants one day prior to application
  2. Mix liquid dishwashing soap with the water
  3. Spray mixture on a small area of the plant
  4. Rinse area with fresh water a few hours following application
  5. Wait 2-3 days & check results! 

*Avoid using on plant leaves with thin waxy coverings or hair


OIL SOLUTION:

What You Need:

  • 2 TBSPs cooking oil
  • 2 TBSPs of liquid dishwashing soap (a kind without degreaser) 
  • 1 gallon of water
  • Spray bottle

 HOW TO: 

  • Water plants one day prior to application 
  • Mix cooking oil, liquid dishwashing soap, and water
  • Spray mixture on a small area of the plant & thoroughly cover (spray both sides!)
  • Wait 2-3 days & check results! 

*Spray every 5-7 days; do not use on orchids