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Ingredients used in Natural pesticides
Growing a garden or setting up a home farm takes time and effort and to have to see it all destroyed by a few pests is never easy. These pests feed on the plants and their leaves and can hamper the health and growth of your plants.

Chemical pesticides and insecticides may not be ideal for a home farm; instead, there are effective natural alternatives such as neem, garlic, chilli etc that can be used.

Neem Oil
Neem oil has been in use in India since ancient times. It is completely natural containing over 50 natural pesticides & its strong odour is effective in controlling and killing common pest in house plants.

Eucalyptus Oil

Essential oils are derived from natural plant products. They are easy to extract, biodegradable and do not leave any residue in soil and water; and eucalyptus is one such oil. Eucalyptus possesses a wide range of properties for pest management and is regarded as non-toxic to humans in moderation. This essential oil can act as a natural insect repellent and may help in controlling weeds.

Pepper Spray
Capsaicin is a compound in hot peppers. This compound can be used as a biochemical pesticide to repel and kill insects. Capsaicin kills insects by causing membrane damage and metabolic disruption. Most insects are repelled by pepper spray and will avoid plants treated with it.


Garlic is known for its pungent aroma, which is inviting to some and repellent to others, and it is this strong aroma that comes into play when used as a natural insecticide. It’s still undecided if garlic spray and chile spray are actually insecticides or more like insect repellents. Nonetheless, these everyday kitchen ingredients can be used to control the insect infestations in the garden.

Chrysanthemum Flower Tea
Pyrethrum is a powerful plant chemical found in the Chrysanthemum flower. This substance invades the nervous system of insects, rendering them immobile.

Tobacco Spray

Tobacco is as hazardous to pests as it is to humans. Tobacco spray was used by gardeners for centuries to kill pests, caterpillars, and aphids. This tobacco spray can be used on most plants, except plants in the solanaceous family (tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, etc.)

Just like your body has good and bad bacteria, your garden also has good and bad bugs. So be careful not to kill those bugs. When using homemade pesticides keep in mind to also monitor their effects and adjust the mixtures accordingly.

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