Pick Pests Off Your Garden for Insect Spray

If you have bugs in your garden, here's an easy, organic and free way to get rid of them. If you're squeamish about this, put on rubber gloves, garden gloves, or latex gloves and pluck the bugs off the plants, one species at a time, and put them in a cupful of water. You'll get used to it enough to do it bare-handed later, which is much easier. It may sound icky, but it works.


Then take the water and pour it into your blender and blend until you can't see the actual critters any more. Put the water into a spray bottle and spray it on the the same plants you took the bugs from. This prompts a "danger, Will Robinson" response from that type of bug and keeps them away.

Just do one kind of bug at a time, be they beetles, aphids or whatever else you encounter. No pesticides, no traps to empty, just a lovely, bug-free garden. And don't worry about the blender. Wash it as usual and it'll be just fine.

Source: I think I read this in "Organic Gardening" magazine years ago.

By Polly Levesque

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May 5, 20090 found this helpful

I think I would get a second blender at a yard sale for that! LOL

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June 19, 20090 found this helpful

Ditto to the second blender, but what a clever tip!

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April 8, 20160 found this helpful

This is the most disgusting thing I've ever heard of. It's not that I think all cockroaches go to heaven or anything, but this is just gross and inhumane.


We use the blender to make a smoothie or something? No thanks.

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Waow ! Is this supposed to mean that insects are sensitive to the smell of their freshly smashed congeners? Isn't this just anthropomorphism applied to pests ? I crush the aphids between my fingers and leave their dead bodies on the leaves and do the same with mealybugs on the branches and it never prevented them from returning to attack my plants. Could my plants be the only ones to be attacked by shamefully heartless pests ?

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Catherine, here is an article I found that has some information about this phenomena. It could be that you are not using enough dead bugs to really deter the live ones.



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