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Homemade Organic Pesticide for Fruit Trees
Growing your own fruit can be rewarding and delicious. From apples to peaches and plums to lemons, fruit trees can be susceptible to a variety of insect pests that can reduce the quality of the fruit produced and the health of the overall tree. Protect your fruit trees from insects with a homemade organic pesticide.
Vegetable or Canola Oil
Basic liquid vegetable or canola oil is a key element in a homemade pesticide for your fruit trees. Vegetable or canola oil works by suffocating small insects, insect larvae and eggs, thus preventing infestation. One cup of vegetable or canola oil is mixed in one gallon of water.
Hot peppers, such as cayenne and red chili, will keep bugs off your fruit trees because insects do not like the spicy taste or feeling of hot peppers. Adding some hot peppers to your homemade pesticide will keep the bugs away while keeping your trees and fruit healthy. Two tablespoons of cayenne or chili pepper powder is steeped one cup of hot water for 24 hours.Strain the solids from the liquid through a cheesecloth or heavy paper towel, then add the liquid to the main mixture.
Insect pests are repelled by the odor of the sulfur compounds in garlic. Two tablespoons of garlic powder and one cup of hot water, stirred occasionally, steeps for 12 to 24 hours to make a garlic tea. The solids are strained from the liquid by pouring the tea through a cheesecloth or thick paper towel. The remaining liquid is then added to the mixture.
Liquid Dish Detergent
A liquid dish detergent works as an emulsifying agent to bind together the oils and liquids in the homemade pesticide. It can also work in a fashion similar to oil to suffocate small insects, larvae and eggs. One-quarter cup of any kind of liquid dish detergent is added to the mixture and stirred gently.
To apply the homemade pesticide to your fruit trees, you will need to use a pesticide sprayer made specially for trees. These are available at garden centers everywhere. If you’re applying the mixture to very young or dwarf trees and you can reach the top of the tree, a simple spray bottle will suffice. Wearing gloves and protective eye goggles keeps over-spray from getting in your eyes or on your skin. The mixture is applied evenly to the leaves on the tree using the wand attachment on the sprayer. The liquid should be visible on the leaves, but not dripping. The pesticide will dry in about an hour in full sun, or within two hours on a cloudy day. The organic pesticide is reapplied to your fruit trees every two weeks or after heavy rains during the growing season.