Would you like to put together an organic DIY garlic spray that will kill bugs? Garlic is toxic to bugs. It also helps keep bacteria and fungus from harming your plants.
Garlic spray will repel most small flying or crawling insects.
In particular, garlic spray will work against aphids, mites, caterpillars, armyworms, cutworms, beetles, slugs, mosquitoes, and flies.
Rodents also hate the scent of garlic, just an FYI.
Sulfur, a compound found in garlic cloves, is what makes it work so well against pests.
Garlic is a biennial usually grown as an annual. It boasts many antibiotic and pest preventive properties as well as many health benefits when consumed.
Garlic spray is made up of four ingredients: garlic, mineral oil, dish soap and water.
Garlic Spray Ingredients:
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 liter water (33.8 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon liquid dish washing soap
- Combine the garlic and vegetable oil and leave to soak overnight.
- Strain and add to the water along with the liquid soap.
- Spray regularly.
It would be wise to test your spray on a small hidden part of your plant. Wait a day or two to make sure it does not damage the leaves. If the plant yellows where you sprayed it, further dilute your garlic spray.
Bugs like to hide underneath leaves, so be sure to spray there as well as on the top and stems.
Backyard tip: Garlic spray will also kill beneficial insects, so use wisely and test plants first.
- Lady bug (or lady beetle)
- Green lacewing
- Praying mantis
- Aphid predator
- Ground beetles
I don’t like to use chemicals in my garden space. They are harmful to us and to the environment. There are many DIY organic approaches to deter insects that we can use in our gardens.
And they’re so much safer than chemicals.