Anise to Citrus Plants for Pest Control
see Making your own Herbal Preps for more info
Most of these you can grow yourself! We are constantly expanding
this list with every printing. You can make the preparation
suggested or you can obtain from the herbal store. Everything
mentioned here has been used by The Invisible Gardener in his
To repel pests make an infusion, allow to sit for an hour add a dash
of Tabasco and a natural Peppermint soap to increase effectiveness.
Discourages most chewing insects and caterpillars. Decoctions and
Tinctures provide most protection to vegetable plants. Extracts
should be used with care as it will repel beneficials also. A good
synergist. Easier to buy anise oil.
Use the seeds, leaves and roots3 to make an extract. Highly toxic to
most insects. Dry and grind to a powder. Add « cup to 4 cups boiling
water. Allow to sit overnight. Strain.
Dried flowers can be used as a dust, or infusion. A contact and
stomach poison. Avoid use on vegetables.
When used will repel aphids, ants, and most insects since balm has
few pests which like to eat it. Balm oil and Peppermint oil make a
powerful repellent. A good synergist. Balm is easy to get at your
drug store , etc.
Basil or Sweet Basil Oil
Is very effective against many insects from mosquito larvae to house
flies. An effective synergist to pyrethrum and tobacco. Use 1
oz...5. per gallon for infusion. Experiment. Extracts are very
powerful. Add a dash of Tabasco and soap. Also effective as an
infusion, decoction. Effective against borers, and most
caterpillars. Use with a little Tabasco and soap. Make an infusion.
Oil, is also available. Avoid on fruits and vegetables.
Beer is a fermented process which is produced from the hops plants.
Fermented products are treated differently then you might think by
the plant kingdom. It is the fermentation process which converts
energy to the plants in the form of readily available sugars, and
minerals. I would suggest that you experiment with the strength
since lawns require a different strength then say roses or your
vegetable garden, ie... The main problem I have with most beers is
the chemicals which are in most mass produced beers. There are over
72 different chemicals in beer! From pesticides to colors to anti
foaming to foaming agents. Nothing organic here! So I would suggest
that you make it yourself for your own use and make some extra for
When mixed with Tabasco sauce will effectively repel most flying
insects. Controls many diseases.
or infusion will control many leaf eating insects and will repel
Cocoa Butter or Coconut Oil
Makes a perfect synergist for many plants. You can also use sun tan
oil made from coco butter6. Use only a small amount to start with.
Try one tablespoon per gallon. Experiment! These oils will kill many
different types of insects both pests and beneficials so be careful
when using! Will kill soft-bodied insects.
Make solar tea from dried leaves and flowers (see appendix on
preparing solar teas). Add one cup of dried leaves or flowers into
the leg of some panty hose., and place into a one-gallon glass
container. Add distilled or filtered or spring water, and one
tablespoon melted cocoa butter, coconut oil or the tan lotion
mentioned, per gallon of solar tea. Add one
cup Agri-Gro or any liquid seaweed like my Superseaweed, per gallon. Add one drop natural
soap (such as any natural Peppermint soap or OrangeTKO),
depending on the insect that it is to be used against. Add a dash of
Tabasco sauce to increase effectiveness. Test first for strength.
You can make solar tea out of Peppermint and Spearmint, and herb
teas such as Lemon grass, Citrus and Lipton tea. Start by placing 1
cup dried herb into panty hose. Tie into a ball. Place into 1 gallon
glass container. Add 10 drops Superseaweed or « cup seaweed powder
per gallon and 1 drop natural soap and a dash of Tabasco sauce or
any other of the hot sauces mentioned in this book. Place in sun for
two to three hours. Strain. Add to sprayer and use on plants.
Experiment with various strengths, length on time in sun, etc.
Experiment with different types of herb's and other hot products and
keep notes on the effectiveness of your different mixtures. If you
find something that works better than anything mentioned here,
please send it to me for possible inclusion in the next revision.
Wash off all fruits and vegetables before eating!
Leaves can be used to attract aphids to traps. Add a dash of
Tabasco( or other hot sauces) soap. Allow leaves to simmer in water.
Tuberous rootstocks, broad leaves and showy flowers. The dried
leaves and stems contain an insecticide that is as strong as
pyrethrum on most insects we tried it on. A dash of Tabasco (or
other hot sauce) soap will increase effectiveness.
Creates strong repellent against chewing insects. An infusion with a
dash of Tabasco soap will protect most plants. Test for strength.
The Castor Bean plant. Beans produce Castor Oil, makes a perfect
synergist for pyrethrum and other natural insecticides. Make alcohol
concentrate from crushed beans or buy concentrated oil. Use 1 oz.
per gallon. Do not use on vegetables or fruits! Best to buy Oil. Use
as a spray added to soap. Used for gopher/mole control.
Prevents insects from establishing on plants. Prevents worms or
caterpillars if sprayed regularly.
see also peppers, hot sauces Will destroy many insects which are
either dusted or sprayed. A good source is Tabasco Sauce. Made from
cayenne pepper, vinegar and a dash of salt. Really great. Read the
ingredients to make sure that there are no additives or
preservatives. All parts of the plant can be used. The powder can be
sprinkled around plants. The pepper can be made into an extract.
Experiment with different types of peppers.
The ThunderGod vine has been used as a common insecticidal plant in
southern China for many years. The poison comes from the root bark.
Alcoholic extracts of the roots are more toxic. Powdered fresh small
roots are toxic to first stage larvae of many varieties of moths as
well as to cockroaches. About « as toxic as pyrethrum.
An extract will repel beetles and chewing insects. Add a dash of
Tabasco soap. Make a tea for yourself then a second batch for the
pests! Easy to make as a tea and use that.
Chenopodiaceae Goosefoot Family
Is used as a general insecticide on many different insects through
out the world. Avoid using on fruits and vegetables. Easy to buy as
.A tannic acid extract made from the nut, bark and leaves. Proven
to be effective against a variety of insects. You can add any part
to water. I would suggest that you try 1 cup of leaves in a pot of
boiling water. Turn off and allow to steep for 24 hours. Strain and
spray straight. Add a dash of soap.
Use with a natural soap to repel insects. Chive tea any one?
Used for centuries as a mosquito repellent, can also be used as a
synergist for many natural sprays. Avoid use on Oil based trees,
etc. as pine trees). Natrapel repellent is made from citronella oil
and aloe. Repels many insects.
Contains Limonene. An extract made from citrus peels. Makes an
excellent synergist to many natural sprays. Will effectively kill
many soft body insects and repels many others. Use only on affected
areas. Use not more then 10 drops per gallon of the extract,
depending on the pest. Use leaves, flowers, grinds. Many companies
on the market with citrus products such as soaps. Citrus or Lime
juice can be sprayed on most plants and vegetables. Will control
fleas, larvae, and most chewing insects. Citrus soap makes an
excellent synergist for most extracts. There are many citrus
extracts available on the markets today. Try some of the air
fresheners made from citrus. Use only a few drops per gallon. Citrus
Oils are powerful extracts, use with care as it will kill off
beneficials as well. Citra Solve is a citrus concentrate available
at most stores. Try also Jungle Rain, a citrus oil and castle soap.
Many parts of this palm can be used. From the leaves to its sap. The
easiest part to use is what comes from the nut itself. The oil. This
oil is found in many suntan lotions. Read the label. Buy only 100%
pure. Coconut oil and soap (coconut oil soap is the best) are a
great combination. This oil is safe for humans to use but be careful
to use only on specific areas as this oil will kill many insects.
Can be used as an excellent synergist to be used against hard
shelled insects such as snails, beetles, etc. Extracts can be made
using a slow heat method.
Give Pests a Coffee Break?
Coffea Arabica L: Caffeine has several strong chemical
compounds that are insecticidal. Soap and Tabasco sauce make an
excellent synergist for this plant. Add one to 10 drops per gallon7.
Use only natural soaps like Dr. Bronners, Citrus Soap, Herbal soaps,
etc. DE also makes an excellent synergist for coffee.
Method #1 Save the unused coffee in a glass gallon container. Use as
needed. Can also be fed directly to plants.
Method #2 An effective way to control most insects and also help to
provide nutrition is to use your coffee grinds and to make a coffee
solar `brew'. This is done by dumping the coffee grinds from the
past few days into a panty hose. Next, place it inside a one-gallon
wide-mouth glass container of water and allow to sit for 24 hours in
The next day, add one cup of AgriGro or Superseaweed etc, ,
per gallon. Also add one drop of any of the natural soaps mentioned.
Add 10 drops Superseaweed per gallon, and one tablespoonful of any
kind of rock dust plus a dash of Tabasco sauce. This mixture will
reduce insects and help to control many more. The mixture should be
stirred clockwise for five minutes then counterclockwise for another
five minutes before it is strained.
Method #3 Instant Coffee Formula. Add one cup strong instant coffee
to a gallon of water. Let sit for 24 hours before adding one drop of
bio- degradable soap per gallon and a dash of Hot sauce. Make the
mixture as strong as needed, but be careful not to put too much soap
in as it could burn the plants. A good rule of thumb for spraying is
to spray less. Learn how to use soap. See appendix on soap. Add cup
seaweed or 10 drops Superseaweed per gallon.
Thistle or Aster Family: Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium. is the
plants name which produces pyrethrum. The flowers are dried and the
powder is used. To this family belongs Dahlia, coreopsis, marigolds,
aster, cosmos, and many others. Harmless to mammals.
Makes an excellent repellent. stops most chewing insects. Seeds are
ground into a powder. Or you can make an infusion from the plant.
Very strong repellent of worms, ants , fleas, beetles. Seeds are the
strongest. Grind into a powder or use as an infusion.9
Made into a paste painted on trunk of plant to protect from insects
and can also be made into a liquid and sprayed. Run through blender
till liquified. Strain if you need to. Here are some varieties of
Asian curry- green, matsaman, Panama. red, yellow.............very
Indian curry- vindaloo as a paste ...........................very
Jamaican curry powder...
1...Avoid using on fruits and vegetables unless you wash off well.
2...Avoid use on fruits and vegetables otherwise wash off well.
3...The roots being the strongest part of this plant. See appendix
for prep of roots.
4...Avoid use on vegetables
5... See appendix for making infusions. 1 oz of Basil Oil per gallon
is very strong and effective against most flying insects. Experiment
with the strength. Use less whenever possible.
6.....Like Hawaiian Tropic which is made from mineral oil, coconut
oil, cocoa butter, aloe, lanolin, eucalyptus oil, plumeria oil,
mango oil, guava oil, papaya oil, passion fruit oil, taro oil and
kukui oil. Wow!
7....The strength you use depends on the type of plants you are
8....Or any natural seaweed product,
9......Place several chopped cucumbers in a pan of water, bring
water to boil and allow to simmer for 1 hour at low heat. Strain
into container. Use at 1 cup per gallon water. Sprayed directly onto
bugs works best. for 1/2 hour