Introduction: Bedbugs in the garden can be a nuisance, causing harm to your plants. In this recipe, we’ll create a natural repellent to help protect your plants from these pests, without resorting to chemical insecticides.
- 1 cup of neem oil
- 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
- 1 gallon of water
- Spray bottle
- Start by mixing 1 cup of neem oil with 1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap in a container. Neem oil is a natural insect repellent that can help deter bedbugs.
- Add the neem oil and dish soap mixture to a gallon of water. Mix it thoroughly to ensure the ingredients are well combined.
- Transfer the prepared solution into a clean spray bottle. This will make it easy to apply to your plants.
- Choose a time when the sun is not too intense, preferably in the early morning or late afternoon, to avoid burning your plants. Also, make sure it’s not a windy day.
- Spray the neem oil solution generously on the leaves, stems, and around the base of your plants. Be thorough, as bedbugs can hide in various parts of the plant.
- Reapply the solution every 7-10 days or after rainfall to maintain its effectiveness. Continue this routine throughout the growing season to keep bedbugs at bay.
- Neem oil is effective against a variety of garden pests, including bedbugs, and it won’t harm beneficial insects or your plants.
- The dish soap helps the solution adhere to the plants and insects, increasing its effectiveness.
- Always perform a patch test on a small section of your plants to ensure they don’t have an adverse reaction to the neem oil mixture.
- Keep the solution out of direct sunlight and store it in a cool, dark place when not in use.