Organic Ant & Bug Repellent For The Garden

in #gardening3 years ago (edited)

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Ever had swarms of ants hollow out your food producing plants? Find unwanted bugs around the place? Well we've had great success with this simple homemade concoction.

  • chilli
  • garlic
  • ginger optional

That's it! I call it the bug buster. We've had swarms of ants in our composting soil or manure and after cooking this up and spreading it through the soil was fresh and free of ants.

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I'd be cautious of using it on soil with already established biodiversity as it may disrupt the healthy organisms but for manure and anything with an excess of activity it's a tool you can consider. I dont like using ant powder or anything toxic around food producing plants.

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So here's what you do to make this concoction.
You will need, 2 hand fulls of chilli and a few garlic cloves and ginger. Now the actual amount of each ingredent is not a issue, just always use more chilly than the garlic and ginger. If you want to use ginger you do not need much of it and it is optional

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Chop the chilli, garlic and ginger (optional) up and put in a fry pan with some oil about 2tbsp and water and just boil it untill the red yellowy oil from the chillies are covering the top layer of water. Do not take off the heat just let it cool down on the heat.

Then all thats needed is to pour it into the soil that has the ants through it.

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HMM that was interesting. Good job.
I'm following you now. Cheers

I am going to try this! Thanks for the tips.

This is a great time of year to have this tip handy. I wonder if putting the chili's through through a food processor would make the concoction even better? Thanks!

Such a good idea. And then you don't have to have the chemical sin your plants. Thanks for the hint. :) Also, appreciate the advice to not put in on "soil with already established biodiversity." I probably wasn't going to run out and put it in my garden, but you never know! Ha ha.