Neem Oil and Garlic Organic Spray Recipe | Natural Bug Control

This post was most recently updated on April 13th, 2020

I am not a fan of pesticides, but sometimes the aphids or whitefly get too overwhelming. In that instance, I reach for a batch of my garlic and neem oil spray recipe. This is a fabulous organic pest and bug spray.

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Neem Oil is made from the kernels of an Indian tree and has traditionally been used to treat anything from headlice to malaria.

It is good to use in the garden as it is nontoxic to humans and bees but is effective to chewing insects like caterpillars and whitefly.

In fact, neem oil spray is known to be effective against over 200 species of chewing or sucking insects! It also fights fungi, mildews and rusts.

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How does neem oil work?

It reduces insect feeding and acts as a repellent. It also interferes with insect hormone systems, making it harder for insects to grow and lay eggs. Azadirachtin can also repel and reduce the feeding of nematodes. Other components of neem oil kill insects by hindering their ability to feed.“(1)

There’s a reason garlic has been used for centuries as a natural medicine – it has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. These attributes are also what make this healing herb such a potent pesticide.

Make your own Effective Pesticide – Garlic and Neem oil Spray Recipe

1.) Crush/roughly chop 1 bulb of garlic – a food processor makes short work of this task.

2.) Add 2 cups of water and leave overnight.

3.) The next day add 1 tsp of neem oil and 1 tsp of liquid soap (hand soap or dish detergent) and 2 more cups of warm water.

4.) Pass through a fine sieve into a bottle.

Use Neem and Garlic Spray on affected plants 1-2 times per week until the infestation has gone.

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6 thoughts on “Neem Oil and Garlic Organic Spray Recipe | Natural Bug Control”

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and recipes with the rest of us! I was curious if this method of pest control was good for general purpose, only specific plants, or if it could be harmful to certain plants. I grow fruits and vegetables mostly in containers but also do some in-ground as I am getting more comfortable with it. Thank you in advance!

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