How to Make Garlic Oil pesticide

How to Make Garlic Oil Pesticide (with photos)

Are you trying to keep rabbits and deer off your vegetable garden? Looking for a natural pesticide to get rid of aphids on plants? One way to naturally repel garden pests and insects is to use homemade Garlic Oil Pesticide in your garden.

Garlic Oil Pesticide is one of the safest pesticides to use in your garden. It’s non-toxic around children and pets. It’s also safe to use on edible plants. Below you will find a step by step guide on how to make Garlic Oil Pesticide at home.

What is Garlic Oil Pesticide Used For?

Garlic Oil Pesticide is a natural pesticide used to get rid of insects like aphids, beetles, whitefiles, grasshoppers and snails from your plants. It is also effective in keeping rabbits, deers, birds and geese out of your garden.

Garlic Oil pesticide will also repel beneficial insects like bees. So you do have to be careful when using garlic oil in your garden because you don’t want to repel beneficial insects that you need for pollination.

List of Insects and Pests that Garlic Oil Repels
Aphids
Beetles
Bees
Grasshoppers
Snails
Whitefles
Rabbits
Deers
Birds
Geese
Snails
List of Insects and Pests that Garlic Oil Repels
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Garlic Oil Repels these Pests and Insects

Where Can I Use Garlic Oil Pesticide?

Garlic Oil Pesticide can be sprayed on outdoor plants. It’s ideal to use as a pesticide on edible plants. You can spray it on fruits and vegetables in your vegetable garden without worrying about toxicity.

Will Garlic Oil Work Against Rabbits and Deer?

Garlic oil can work against rabbits and deer. The pungent garlic odor will keep rabbits and deer away from your garden. However, you can’t rely on just garlic oil to keep hungry deer and rabbits off your garden, you still need to have fencing and other barriers. Garlic Oil is just one way to keep deer and rabbits off your garden.

Can I Use Garlic Oil Pesticide on my Houseplants?

Garlic oil pesticide can be used on houseplants since it is non-toxic and safe around children and pets. However, I don’t recommend spraying garlic oil indoors. Garlic Oil has a strong odor and the garlic smell can linger for weeks. It may be unappealing to have a garlic odor lingering in your indoor air. 

How to Make Garlic Oil Pesticide

Below is a recipe for homemade Garlic Oil Pesticide.

Ingredients for Garlic Oil Pesticide

  • 4 Cloves of Minced Garlic 
  • Orange Peel
  • 2 tsp. Mineral Oil
  • 1 tsp. Dishwashing Liquid
  • 2 Cups Water

How to Make Garlic Oil Pesticide

1. Mix the Garlic and Mineral Oil Together. Let the garlic/oil mixture sit for 12-36 hours.

How to Make Garlic Oil pesticide
Combine Garlic with Oil

2. Strain the Garlic from the Oil Mixture. You can use a cheese cloth to strain the garlic. Throw away the minced garlic.

How to Make Garlic Oil pesticide
Strain Garlic with Cheesecloth

3. Combine the Garlic Oil Mixture with Dishwashing Liquid, Orange Peel and Water.

How to Make Garlic Oil pesticide
Combine remaining ingredients with garlic oil

4. Pour Garlic Oil into a Spray Bottle

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Pour garlic oil solution into spray bottle

5. Store the Garlic Oil Spray Bottle in the Refrigerator. You can keep it for up to a week.

How to Apply Garlic Oil Pesticide on Plants

Spray Garlic Oil Pesticide on leaves, flowers, stems and fruits. When spraying the leaves of plants, spray the top part of leaves and under the leaves. Don’t forget to spray the underside of leaves since that is where insects hide.

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Spray Garlic Oil pesticide on plants

Can You Spray Garlic Oil in Your Vegetable Garden?

Garlic Oil Pesticide is safe to be sprayed directly on edible fruits and vegetables in your vegetable garden. Do wash off the garlic oil residue of the Garlic Oil Pesticide before consuming the fruits and vegetables.

Don’t spray everywhere. Remember, you don’t want to repel beneficial insects like bees from your vegetable garden.

For example, if you are spraying garlic oil on zucchini plants in your vegetable garden, only spray the leaves, avoid spraying zucchini flowers because you don’t want to repel the bees. You need the bees to come to pollinate your zucchini plants. Or to be safe, just spray nearby plants and avoid spraying zucchini plants altogether.

When to Spray Garlic Oil Pesticide on Plants

It’s best to spray Garlic Oil Pesticide when it’s not too sunny- avoid intense sun. Wait until early evening when insects are most active to spray Garlic Oil Pesticide on plants.

Do You Need to Wash Off Garlic Oil Pesticide Residue?

Do not wash off the garlic oil pesticide residue. You want the garlic odor to linger and continue repelling insects and pests for weeks. Once that garlic odor is gone, the garlic oil pesticide will stop working.

How Frequently Can You Spray Garlic Oil Pesticide on Plants?

Garlic Oil Pesticide should be used sparingly. It repels a wide range of insects including beneficial insects like bees. You may not want to get rid of bees from your garden since you do need bees for pollination. 

Don’t over spray just because it is a homemade pesticide. After all, it is still a pesticide! Use Garlic Oil Pesticide sparingly.

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