How to Use Natural Soap
For Pest Control
Any Natural soap can be used very effectively and safely for any type of pest control. Most soaps are basically essential oils of the plant and of a very high energy quality level. Perfect for our use! Not too may insects can handle this soap! Only herbs are use to make a concentrate. Many formulas are used for various types of pests and diseases, please see specific pages for their formulas. Below are general formulas you can use for pest control.
Using on Ants
In one quart water add 5 tablespoons
Natural Castile Peppermint or Lavender etc soap
Spray inside the house anywhere ants are seen, around windows, in the kitchen, bath room etc. avoid using on furniture.
Spray same mixture on ants outside, avoiding spraying on plants. Spray on their ant trails.
1* You should switch between using the peppermint, lavender, almond or eucalyptus for best effects. You may have to make stronger as needed. Any other natural soap will do, just read the ingredients and make sure it's 100% natural. For more info on ant control follow this link.
Using on Trees
Natural Soaps can be used very effectively to control many types of pests on trees. I use an in-line feeder found at your local store to spray Natural Soaps high up to the trees. I put a special tip on the hose that shoots the water mixed with the soap (at 16 to 1). See Tree Dept for more info
Using on Roses
Using Natural Soaps on roses is a very safe natural way to control many different types of pests that can attack them. See my Natural Rose Care Center
A Basic formula for all roses pests:
10 tablespoons per quart of water or no more then 1 oz per gallon water. Can be used by itself or mixed with other things to increase its effectiveness.
Try adding any of the following to the above formula:
2 tablespoon per quart of water of Crushed Garlic (either oil or strained or try 1 jell pill (the kind you take internally, buy at drug store)), 1 tablespoon per quart water of Tea Tree oil, 2 tablespoon per quart of water of Castor oil, See Rose dept for more info. Always avoid spraying on hot days (anything over 90 degrees F is bad) Best to spray in early am (if day is not going to get too hot) or in late afternoon. For best results spray for pest at night when they are out!
Using on Vegetables
Learning to use natural soaps to control pests on your vegetables makes a lot of sense for many reasons; the most important one is that it is safe to use. You merely have to remember to wash your vegetables before using. This soap will kill many insects on contact. You have to first find the proper strength, make it too strong and you might kill
the plant as well, too weak and it won't work at all.
Here then is a general formula that you can use on your vegetables to control insect attacks. Look to our Organic Gardening dept for specific help.
As a preventative:
1 tablespoon Natural Peppermint soap per quart water. Add seaweed per instructions. Spray on vegetables on a regular bases or first sign of trouble.
On specific pests:
5 tablespoons per quart water. Test first on plant/bug to see if it is too strong or not strong enough.
Using on Flowers
Using natural soaps on flowers to control diseases is an easy safe way to prevent things before that happen. Remember to key into the health of the soil/health of plant first. See Nat Fert dept, compost dept, rock dust dept, and natural spraying dept and don't forget our Gardening dept, For more info.
Using on Fruit Trees
To control diseases on fruit trees, you must first provide a good healthy environment i.e. soil and plant nutrition in order to keep trees healthy. If you have done these and you still have a disease problem, you can control the disease by controlling its pest vector. Controlling pests on fruit trees is important. See above under controlling pests on fruit trees. To prevent diseases you can sometimes use natural soaps to control most fungus that may have appeared. Please read Gardening page as well as Natural Spraying page
How to make your own natural soaps
Natural Lavender soap
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