To kill bugs in houseplants, use a garlic based spray, garlic cloves or a commercial pesticide treatment consistently until the pests are eliminated. Proper watering techniques and preventative measures are necessary to completely eradicate the insects.Continue Reading
To eliminate aphids and mites living in houseplant soil, mix a teaspoon of freshly squeezed garlic juice with a teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, then pour the mixture into 12 cups of water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle, and spray the plant and top layer of soil thoroughly. A whole clove of garlic can be placed in the soil to help deter and prevent pests. Spider mites can be eliminated by mixing 1/4 cup of buttermilk with a cup of flour and a gallon of water, and then misting the plant with the mixture.
A mixture of 4 cups of water, 4 tablespoons of starch and a few drops of liquid dish detergent eliminates infestations of white flies, aphids and thripes. Allow the mixture to remain on the plant for several days, then gently spray the plant with water to remove the mixture. Repeat the treatment process as needed until the soil is pest-free.
Insecticides, such as neem oil, can be used to kill pests living in houseplants. Apply the product according to the directions on the package, and choose a product that is designed for indoor use. Avoid over-watering plants to prevent pest infestations after the insects are eliminated.Learn more about Invasive Insects
To make a concentrated garlic spray, puree 1/2 cup of water with 2 bulbs of garlic, pour 1 gallon of boiling water over it, and steep the mixture overnight. Once strained into a spray bottle, apply the garlic mixture to infected plants daily. For heavier infestations, add a tablespoon of crushed hot pepper or hot pepper sauce to the garlic spray together with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to smother aphid eggs and larvae.Full Answer >
Home remedies for getting rid of bees and wasps include using soap spray solution, using vinegar and water spray, or using sugary, fragrant cut fruits, powdered garlic and citronella candles. Using organic pesticides, such as horticultural oil and diatomaceous earth, and building wasp traps is also helpful.Full Answer >
Some organic ways to kill chinch bugs include mowing the lawn regularly, aerating compacted soil and watering the lawns regularly. There are also organic pesticides, such as insecticidal soap and botanical pesticides.Full Answer >
Grow garlic from cloves by breaking a garlic bulb apart into separate cloves without removing the husk, choosing a location with full-sun exposure and loamy soil and placing the cloves with the pointing end facing upward. Plant the cloves either in the spring or fall.Full Answer >