DIY Insect Repellents That Work for Garden and Home

Naturally YoursAre you annoyed by pests and insects that infest your home, cause damage to furniture, and then kill our precious gardens?

It is both a difficult job and a double-edged task to get rid of these pesky creatures.

Sometimes, professional pest control may cause allergies or irritations.

The chemicals in bug sprays and other insect repellents can be very dangerous for pets and humans. They could cause long-term health problems.

One of the things that has always troubled me about cockroach repellent sprays in my house is their use. Some sprays can cause discoloration of ceramic surfaces, which eventually turns to stains.

These are 10 easy alternatives to similar problems that you can try on your own.

Because most of these methods use herbs, they are safe and effective. To achieve the desired ‘exterminating results’ one must be patient and persistent as there are no strong chemicals involved.

Camphor solution for lizards

Generally, lizards are harmless reptiles that feed on insects and mosquitoes.

If you find them creepy or gross, there are gentle ways to get rid of them.

Camphor’s odor repels lizards.

To make a strong concentrate, dissolve enough camphor in water.

Spray the solution on corners, behind wall shelves, clocks, and other areas where they are most likely to hide.

You will soon notice no more lizards living in your home after a few days.

Sugar Ball trap for cockroaches

Roaches are a species that has high survival rates. Roaches are passive carriers of pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. They can also cause allergic reactions in humans.

Borax ( sodium borate) is a very effective deterrent for cockroaches.

Mix equal amounts of plain flour (preferably wheat flour or rice flour) and sugar to make the trap.

Two parts of borax powder should be added to the mixture.

You will need to add enough water to make it resemble dough.

Place small balls of the mixture in corners or other places where cockroaches might be found.

The insects will be attracted to sugar and flour.

The chemical is absorbed into the exoskeleton of cockroaches and dehydrates them.

Borax can be purchased online for a very low price and is readily available. Borax is not a high-risk pesticide, but it can cause irritation if used in large amounts.

If you have pets or children, the following recipe is recommended. Make sure to wear gloves when making borax balls.

You can make a spray at your home with tea tree oil, vinegar, and water.

In a spray bottle, pour 1 part (1/4 cup) of each tea tree oil or vinegar.

To the bottle, add 2 parts (8 cups) of water.

Give it a good shake, and the cockroach spray will be ready for use.

Another natural repellent for cockroaches is the essential oil of dill.

Neem potpourri against silverfishes

These tiny silver fishes could be eating your precious books, and causing havoc on your clothes.

Don’t worry. Neem leaves can be used to solve the problem. Neem leaves have high antifungal, anti-pesticidal, and other properties.

Between each book on your shelf, place a fresh, washed Neem sprig.

Sprinkle a few drops on dried neem leaves with neem oil or neem extract to make your wardrobe more stylish. Then, place them in small mesh/sheer bags.

These bags can be placed on your shelves, with the mouths slightly open to allow the scent to permeate through the cupboard.

This will repel silverfish. Once a week, continue to sprinkle the neem oil/extract on the leaves.

When the leaves begin to wither, replace the potpourri.

All-purpose bug repellent

You can add 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs such as peppermint or spearmint, lavender, eucalyptus or catnip to the water. Add 2-4 dried cloves to 1 cup of water.

It is all-purpose bug repellent and ready to use. It can be poured into a spray bottle to make it easy to use.

You can also substitute witch hazel for rubbing alcohol. This will effectively drive away ants.

Warning: Rubbing alcohol can cause severe burns. It should not be used near flames or high heat.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE), The Super Terminator of Bugs

Diatomaceous Earth, a naturally occurring mineral made of the fossils of tiny aquatic organisms ‘ DIatoms’ is diatomaceous Earth.

It is found in sedimentary rocks and can be ground into fine powder. Because of its effectiveness, DE is a popular pest-control tool.

Although it is not poisonous, it can kill a variety of pests and insects, including bedbugs, fleas and carpet beetles, as well as fleas and bedbugs.

It penetrates the insect’s exoskeleton and causes them to dry out and die. It isn’t a chemical pesticide so bugs won’t become resistant to DE.

Sprinkle some DE on carpets, beddings, upholstery, or any other place where you suspect the bugs are hiding and they will soon die.

Safe for humans is food-grade diatomaceous Earth. It’s inexpensive and readily available online.

For DIY recipes, only use food-grade diatomaceous Earth. DE can also be used as a pesticide in your garden.

Any one of the following oils: eucalyptus oil; peppermint oil; citronella oil; lemongrass oil or rosemary oil. In the following ratio:

You can use aromatic mosquito repellent oil.

Pesticides to garden

For leaf roller bugs, rice water, and onion skin spray

Boil 1 liter of rice water. Add a large amount of onion skin to it.

For fermentation, keep the solution in a sealed container for three days.

This mixture can be sprinkled on plants to prevent leaf folders (leaf rollers) and white molds.

Hydrogen peroxide spray to combat fungi

Hydrogen peroxide can be used as both a pesticide and a fungicide. It also provides an oxygen boost for the plant.

Mix 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 3.5 liters of water.

For later use, keep the solution in an airtight container away from direct sunlight.

Spray the mixture on roots and foliage to treat fungal infections.

This prevents future pest infestations.

Tobacco Water

The proven insecticide tobacco leaf is a long-standing and trusted method of killing insects. The nicotine in tobacco makes it an insecticide against aphids, leaf minors, and thrips.

Make tobacco water by chopping and adding 100 grams of water. Dried tobacco leaves in 1 Liter of water

Next day, add 10-15 grams to another container of water. You can use small amounts of non-detergent soap.

Allow it to dissolve completely before adding the soapy water to the tobacco solution. The solution will stick better to soapy water.

Use your hands to incorporate the essence of the tobacco into the mixture.

The water must be applied to the plants in the morning and during daylight. To get better results, you should water your plants before applying the insecticide.

Warning: Do not use tobacco water to treat leafy vegetables such as spinach or cabbage.


The food of the gods or the devil’s dung is two popular names for this pest repellent. our own Hing works outdoors and indoors.

Boil 100 grams of hing in 1 Liter of water for 10 min.

This mixture can be sprayed on plants after it has cooled to kill small moths or bugs.

Not a duplicate of The stronger, undiluted version of asafoetida keeps pests and reptiles from coming to your garden.

Make a concentrated solution of hing and pour it into water. Spray liberally around your garden.

Snakes will be kept away by the pungent scent of asafoetida

Folk medicine often uses hing to treat snake bites.

To protect themselves against snake bites, Afghans used to place chunks of asafoetida in their boots back in the old days.

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