How to Use Natural Soaps
For Pest Control
Natural Castile Soaps (like Dr Bronner) can be used very
effectively and safely for any type of pest control. It is basically an
essential oil 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..
In one quart water add 5 tablespoons Natural Castile Peppermint soap.
Inside House: Spray inside the house anywhere ants
are seen, around windows, in the kitchen, bath room etc. avoid using on furniture. Outside House: Spray same mixture on ants outside,
avoiding spraying on plants. Spray on their ant trails.
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 inline brass feeder found at your local store to
spray natural soap 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 also Tree Dept for more info
Using Natural Soaps on roses is a very safe natural way to control
many different types of pests that can attack them. A Basic formula for all roses pests
is: 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 89 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!
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 the Organic Gardening dept for specific
control: As a
preventative: 1 tablespoon
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 strong enough.
Again, you will find that using the natural soap is a very safe way to control most bugs on
your flowers. Here is a safe formula you can use. Test for strength and effectiveness:
1/2 oz Natural Peppermint soap per gallon water Can be sprayed directly
on most flowers. Avoid buds. Spray stems, stalk first and then area around plants.
Many house plants will be able to with stand being sprayed
with natural soaps. The important thing to remember is strength, always test a small
part of the plant first to make sure that you will not burn it. Make sure the plant is not
stressed out from lack of water or food. 1 tablespoon Peppermint soap or
Lavender soap per quart hot water. Spray before water gets cold. Don't worry, the hot
water won't hurt the plants! Honest!
the House for Spiders
While spiders are mainly good guys, you may find that you either have too many of them
inside or you have one of the few bad guys! Try using 10 tablespoon Peppermint
soap per quart water. Spray directly on spider, watch him/her for a few minutes and see if
it dies, if not make stronger (add another 10 tablespoons soap). Only kill spiders as a
last resort, please.
the House for Cockroaches
Use Peppermint soap on cockroaches
in your home. you must make the spray strong enough to kill them.
Try first 10 tablespoons soap per quart water and if that
is not strong enough then add another 10 tablespoons. That should
do it. I would also goto Cockroach
dept and review steps there. Spray in areas there are seen.
Try to spray them directly for best control.
Natural soaps can control many pests on your natural lawn. It decomposes with sunlight so
must be sprayed directly on the pest. I like using natural soaps because they are
very friendly to the environment and smell nice too! Try using 1/2 oz soap
per gallon water or use inline siphon to spray your lawn with a mixture of soap and
water. See Natural Lawn
Soap is a safe way to control many pests that
attack your fruit trees and its valuable fruit. Natural soap is one of the safest you can
buy on the market today! It's primary use is to brush you teeth with, bathe with, wash
your hair with so you know it's safe. I would get an inline siphon which attaches to bib
in which you then attach the hose. A small line goes out from the unit which goes into the
soap. Do not spray any buds and should not be sprayed when it is flowering. Wait
until after it has finished flowering before you spray. I would wait until you actually
have a pest problem before you start spraying. Best to spray trunk and area around tree
then actually spray fruit but when fruit is ripe the bugs
(ants) will come so be prepared
to spray the trunk of the tree and the area around it as well as the
fruit wash before
eating). This will also protect from birds attacking the fruit and other animals as well.
Can't find the siphon unit? Then add 1 oz per gallon water to be sprayed. See Natural fruit Tree
Natural soap works very well indoors in controlling fleas. Aside from bathing the dog
(cats usually don't like being given a bath unless they are taught as young kittens), you
can wash the dog or cats bedding with soap as well as mist the area they
sleep in with a solution of soap in water. Use 5 tablespoons per quart of water for
this. Avoid misting any furniture that you are not sure of the results! Test on a small
Using in the House for other
Natural soap can be sprayed directly on them and it will kill them. Try 3
tablespoons soap per quart water. Pantry Moths:
While it is harder to spray them, you can use the soap to spray the kitchen
shelves, etc to remove any eggs.
Animals that eat your plants:
By spraying soap mix with water on plants that you want to protect, you will
be deterring them from any too much. I add Deer Off to make a better mixture. Rabbits:
Soap and Deer Off mixed
equally and applied at manufacture suggested rate of 1 part concentrate to7 parts water, 1
pint concentrate makes 8 pints spray.
Using on Flies:
Fly control depends of stopping the cycle of fly births. Birth control can be done
organically, one method is by using soap. By spraying on places were
can lay their eggs such as on manure, rotten food, garbage cans, etc, you can effectively
reduce the fly sources.