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Natural Pest Repellent

Martha Stewart Living, March 2002

Keep slugs and aphids away from window boxes with a homemade, nonchemical pest spray. Place one peeled onion, two peeled garlic cloves, and one teaspoon cayenne pepper in the jar of a blender. Add three cups of water, and blend until smooth. Let the mixture sit overnight, strain the liquid into a spray bottle, and coat plants generously. The solution will keep, refrigerated in the bottle, for up to one week.

Comments (20)

  • ellisandra 13 Jun, 2014

    THESE ARE HORNED TOMATO CATIPELLARS. I HAND PICK MINE OFF AND PUT IN A COFFEE CAN. THEY OFTEN GET WHITE WASP LARVE ON THEM WHICH ALSO KILLS THEM. I JUST TRIM OFF THE DAMAGED LEAVES. SOMETIMES OTHER THINGS PECK AT THE TOMATOES LIKE BIRDS.

  • kkinne 23 Apr, 2014

    Does anyone know how to get rid of the big green caterpillers that are chowing down on my tomatoes before they get a chance to grow?Very frustrating.

  • Mary Gilardon 28 Jul, 2013

    does anyone have any advice on how to get rid rats and keep them out of my yard

  • 5thsailor 28 Jul, 2013

    We have resorted to an electric fence this year around our vegetable garden to keep the deer out!!! After they mowed down a couple rows of sugar snap peas, a tomato plant, a pepper plant and endless rows of swiss chard we have given up. It is on a timer from 9 pm to 6 am. I have to unhook it to get into the garden for working but it has stopped the feast. I think I heard a yelp the other morning.....maybe I was dreaming....it does work!!!

  • j0onahra3 18 Mar, 2012

    does anybody know if this solution will help deter fruit flies away from indoor plants? I don't find any problems with other pests except for fruit flies accumulating in my room because of my plants.

  • GaleS 17 Jul, 2008

    I don't see why this idea woould not be OK for vegies, all of the ingredients can be eaten by us.
    Gale

  • lou2786 16 Jul, 2008

    Does anyone know if this is safe for my veg patch?

  • nickio 10 Jul, 2008

    I have problem with chipmunks trying to eat my strawberries dose anyone know how to stop this with out killing them? Also I learned that if you use Splenda and mis it with water it makes great bug repellent since that what it was organly design for.

  • gailbryant 12 Jun, 2008

    I have been over run with chipmunks this year! They are darling, but they are destroying my lawn. I can't even mow without turning my ankle in one of their 50 holes. How can I solve this problem without hurting the animals or endangering my 8 pound Shih-Tzu?

  • JENPLUSFOUR 10 Jun, 2008

    Dose any one no if that marinade work well on all plants and the veg's to. my brocoli is allway fighting the little green worms....if we were on fear factor i would say they could stay but.....it would be nice to get rid of them ;-)

  • TartaTart 5 Jun, 2008

    Hair is used to repel deer, I haven't heard it used for beetles.

  • alissa211 4 Jun, 2008

    My biggest pest problem are japanese beetles on my rose bushes. Anyone have any natural ideas?

  • MaryP1 31 May, 2008

    This recipe works for me mix 1 Cup Milk -1T dish liquid -1 egg -1Tcooking oil blend well add 1 gal water. use sprayer spray every 4 days and after any rain

  • sheilabelia 31 May, 2008

    I have heard of taking hair from your hair brush and putting it by your plants. Also, to get rid of slugs by the hostas, leave them beer. Take a glass beer (long neck) with two inces of beer, and set it near infected area for a couple of days. The slugs will crawl in but won't crawl out.

  • smartcookie51 26 May, 2008

    Help!! Does anyone know how to keep deer from munching everything in sight??

  • smartcookie51 26 May, 2008

    Anyone know how to keep deer from eating everything in sight???

  • Lonnie1 25 May, 2008

    I use a dilute Pamolive green soap in a spray bottle on any bugs that I don't want in my garden. It works great.!!!

  • CherylCrout 23 May, 2008

    Anyone know how to keep rabbits away naturally? I have rabbit fencing around my garden, but they eventually figure out a way in. Any suggestions?

  • regcur 20 May, 2008

    You're right! Natural pest control and a marinade rolled into one! I love it!

  • terivanhecke 20 May, 2008

    Sounds like a pretty good marinade, too! Have to "cook" this up this weekend and see if it protects my hostas this summer.