How To Make Pesticide-Free Bug Spray | Bee Friendly | All Natural


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Eco-friendly bug spray that smells like a slow cooked meal? Yes, please! While working through our Bee Unit Study for homeschool, we decided to make our way through the activity book "Turn This Book Into A Beehive" by Lynne Brunelle. In it you'll find several easy hands on activities to compliment a unit study on bees. And while we've done several of the projects in the book, this one is proving to be very useful beyond the lesson.

I did make some modifications to the recipe, so that I wouldn't be making so much. I also wanted to ensure that it would fit in the spray bottle I had chosen for the bug spray. I also re-seeped the pulp a second time to make more, but I imagine the concentration on the second batch was far more mild than the first.

For this recipe, I used half and onion, 3-5 cloves of garlic, cayenne pepper (about 1/1-1 teaspoon) and some red chili peppers. I blended everything in my NutriBullet with some boiling hot water. This is a little tricky. A safer alternative is to blend everything with lukewarm water, then seep the wet pulp with boiling water. I used about 2 cups of boiling water. I let it seep for 24 hours. I used cheesecloth to strain the pulp out and then poured it into a spray bottle with a teaspoon of dish soap. I seeped the pulp again with about 1-2 cups of boiling water the following day. Since this is an all natural bug spray, I store it in the refrigerator to ensure freshness and so that it doesn't go bad. So far it keeps for 2 months.

I spray our vegetables, but honestly, I can't tell if it's working or not. I'm not such an experienced gardener to know if this spray is working. It's entirely possible that other factors are killing my plants, like lack of water ;)

This bug spray is so good for the environment. It's all natural and it ensures that pesticides don't kill the insects we need like bees. Since bees are necessary for pollination of so many plants, it's important we to care of their survival.

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