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Natural repellent

Natural repellent

Learn how to make a 4-step sustainable solution against garden pests.

Do you take good care of your plants? You water regularly, provide light and shade, humus, etc. Yet they still got attacked by a pest? Don’t despair! Learn how to make a natural insect repellent. 

Remember that not all insects that interact with your plants are pests. Such is the case of the ladybug who, in addition to being beautiful, is capable of controlling real pests such as mealybugs and aphids.

Learn how to prepare a homemade repellent for numerous pests, according to the “Vegetables Cultivation” booklet from Embrapa Meio Ambiente, following these steps:

- Chop and mash one head of garlic and 2 red chili peppers (Malagueta);

- Grate 25 grams of coconut bar soap and dissolve it in 2 liters of hot water, adding the garlic and pepper;

- Let it rest until it cools and then strain through a fine cloth;

- Finally, spray over your plants.


Homemade insecticides are still toxic to humans, so be careful when handling. Do not store the repellent for long periods because it can lose efficacy. Now you can get to work making things pretty while protecting nature.

*Source of homemade recipe: “Vegetable Cultivation” booklet - Embrapa Meio Ambiente

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