7 Natural Pest Repellants

There are various reasons you might seek out a more natural method of treating pests or diseased plants. These reasons might include chemical allergies, environmental concerns, or simply personal preference –all of which are reasons you should be aware of when starting a new project with a client.

Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite natural recipes and we’d love to hear any remedies that have worked for you, as well!

Ground Cloves

What: Natural repellant and potentially lethal to flying insects
Directions: Mix several tablespoons per gallon of water and spray on plants.

Neem Oil

What: Insecticide that destroys soft-body insect’s ability to reproduce & their appetite
Directions: Refer to your bottle of neem oil, or mix at a ration of 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. Spray plants thoroughly, coating all sides of leaves and stems.


What: Fungicide
Directions: After removing infected parts of plant, put ground cinnamon directly on the freshly cut areas. Recommended when treating black rot in orchid plants.

Hot Peppers

What: Keep rabbits and other animals/pests away
Directions: Soak 2 tbsp. ground red pepper (or 1/2 chopped fresh peppers) in a gallon of water overnight. Add a few drops or vegetable-based dish soap or some minced garlic for better results. Spray on plants.

Baking Soda

What: Fungicide
Directions: Make mixture with 4 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon dish soap, one gallon of water. Spray leaves thoroughly.

Garlic & Onions

What: Kills soft-bodied insects (also acts as fungicide)
Directions: Keep in mind onions and garlic have a strong smell and might not be the best option for use in public areas. Use several cloves are garlic per gallon of water or use crushed/liquified in a vegetable oil tea.

Crushed Egg Shells

What: Keeps snails and slugs away
Directions: Sprinkle crushed egg shells around the areas where you have snail/slug problems. The sharp edges of the shells will discourage these pesky creatures from attempting to pass over and onto your plants.






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