Homemade Bug Spray for Gardens (Simplest Recipe Ever!)

by Merissa on June 26, 2013

in Make Your Own

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Since Spring finally decided to stop being on vacation and show up this year many are finally being able to plant those beautiful and yummy gardens! The only problem is that with this beautiful weather also comes another visitor-little buggies. These of course can be the most annoying and destructive aspect of planting a garden. If you're a first time gardener-they may push you over the edge a bit!

Trying to figure out what to spray on your garden to get rid of these pests can also be such a pain. Many, if not most, pesticides on the market today are filled with such harmful chemicals-it would completely defeat the purpose of planting your own garden! If you want tons of nasties on your food, you can hike yourself to the nearest big box store to pick them up. It would save you a ton of time and energy that's for sure!

I hope to have a bigger garden someday soon, but because of our HOA we are not allowed to have very much. I'm starting out small with some herbs in my flower boxes out back. Oh what my pregnant cravings would give to have an entire backyard filled with watermelons! But until then, I am doing what I can to really give some TLC to the plants I do have.

After doing a bit of research (well, quite a bit of research actually) I found what I think is the best all-natural bug spray for your garden. It only has three ingredients, yet seems to get rid of a wide variety of bugs from aphids to cabbage moths!

Homemade Bug Spray For Gardens

What You Need:

  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 3 drops of dishwashing soap


Put the garlic through a garlic press.

Toss in container with oil.

Place in fridge for two-three days until you get a strong garlic smell.

Once you have the smell strain out the oil and mix with 3 cups of water and the dishwashing soap.

Spray on the entire plant at the FIRST sign of buggies!


Sooner or later you'll be able to sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor-literally!

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Do you have a favorite garden spray? Have you ever made a homemade bug spray for gardens?Β What kind of plants do you use it on?


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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Crystie Welte June 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

Do you know if it has to be vegetable oil? Will canola work?


2 Dominque June 30, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I don’t see why it wouldn’t! The oil is just the “carrier” for the garlic. The type shouldn’t have too much of an effect!


3 Donna February 20, 2014 at 7:50 am

I use mineral oil. I also only let it sit for 24 hours, on the countertop is fine. Then I can smell when its ready, (just walking by it lets me know). I also only mix it with 1 cup of water, rather than 3. I’m anxious to know from readers how well the 3 works.


4 Patricia June 28, 2013 at 1:11 pm

aphids and cabbage moths are the least of our worries.
We battle grasshoppers EVERY.YEAR! it is awful they eat everything in their path. So far we’ve been able to hold them off some of the plants on the porch…but the garden…we’ll it was an all you can eat buffet.
We’ve used the Dawn soap in a sprayer attached to the end of a water hose to get them off lots of things.
This week…we’ve tried ivory bar soap and jalapenos.

I wonder if oil added to these recipes will help it adhere to the plant for longer lasting effect?

I’ll try this! thanks …Pat


5 Dominque June 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Ooo! I remember visiting KY and they would have to battle tons of grasshoppers too! I hope that this works for you!


6 gina July 8, 2013 at 2:40 pm

can you used bottled minced garlic for this?


7 Debbie spencer April 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

Great recipe, thanks! I have used this kind of spray for years with great success but I add some chilli in mine, it adds a bit more umph to your mix and is super good at preventing things settling onto plants in the first place – just remember to wash it off before you eat your plants!!!


8 Kandel June 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Hi! Can you tell me how you strain oil? I’ve never heard of it :-). I love your site!


9 Merissa June 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

I believe she just meant that you strain the pieces of the garlic out of the oil. πŸ™‚


10 Bobbi June 18, 2014 at 8:48 pm

Gonna buy me some garlic so I can use this in my garden if need be πŸ™‚

Thanks for sharing!


11 Bobbi June 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm

We get Scorpions, Black Widows, and HUGE Cockroaches here, in Southern Arizona. Will this work for them? They are starting to come out. They really come out after the farms have sprayed their pesticides.


12 Merissa June 19, 2014 at 9:38 pm

This bug spray is mainly for garden pests such as aphids, squash bugs, ect.


13 Lauren June 22, 2014 at 11:59 am

I love this! I’ve tried using other ‘recipes’ and the sprayer always gets clogged with the pepper, or whatever is in the solution. I’m going to try this for sure on my vegetable garden!


14 Doree June 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm

This my first year with a garden so this is great! I need all of the help and information I can get. Hope to see you this Wednesday night at our Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link Party. It starts at 8:30 PM EST. -Doree


15 Bev June 23, 2014 at 1:31 pm

This sounds great! We started gardening a few years ago and it’s nice to know of some safer alternatives to keeping the bugs away. Thanks for sharing; stopping by from the Pin It Monday hop!


16 2CrochetHooks June 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I love that it is all natural. I have been letting the garden just be wild, no weed killer no bug killer, because I worry about the chemicals. I appreciate an all natural bug killer that is so simple even I can make it and use it! Thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! – Kristina


17 Elizabeth June 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

Wow!! Really? This seems too easy (and inexpensive) I must try this. Last year, the bugs killed our squash and I am concerned this year they may try to do the same. Off to try. Thanks for the research and the post!


18 Rach @ EazyPeazyMealz June 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I totally needed this! My spaghetti squash are getting eaten alive. Thanks for sharing on Tips and Tricks. Pinned.


19 Rach D June 26, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Wow….never heard of this before! Great idea & simple to make. My sister in law had also told me to use eggshells around the plants? I so don’t have a green thumb, so ignorance probably showing here πŸ˜‰
Thanks for sharing on this week’s Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!!! We hope to have you join us again next week πŸ™‚


20 Merissa June 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

Eggshells do work for certain bugs too πŸ™‚


21 Britney @ The Princess & Her Cowboys July 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

This is so cool! I didn’t know it was that easy to make something like this! Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Roundup and I’ve already pinned it!


22 Misty July 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

Definitely going to try this!! We are battling flea beetles. They have destroyed my lettuce and now my radishes πŸ™ thank you for this great idea!


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