This is a different approach than our Squash bug solution. You can read that article here – Squash Bugs and Ways to Deal with Them. That approach works well for more than just Squash bugs, so give this recipe and that one a try to see what works for your garden! You might also like some of our solutions detailed in Heirloom Tomato Growing Tips that shows several methods of deflecting insects, nematodes and blight, mildew and other assorted fungi that love our tomatoes.
It needs to be mentioned that spending time in your garden and getting to know who lives there is extremely valuable, as then you’ll know when some shady character moves in. You might still be taken by surprise when you discover a colony of insects chomping on your squash, tomatillo or tomato plants; but you’ll know with certainty that they weren’t there last night or the morning before. This knowledge is valuable, as this helps in choosing which methods to use and how aggressive to apply them.
Here is another recipe for a broad-based insect repellent for your garden. This is a pretty concentrated recipe, so test spray a small area before soaking the whole garden. You can always dilute it with more water if you find it is too aggressive for your plants. The concentrate dilutes with anywhere from a quart to a gallon of water. If your bugs are really difficult and numerous, dilute with a quart of water. Use a gallon if the unwanted critters are just starting to show up!
- 1 onion
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbs Tabasco sauce or other hot pepper sauce
- 1 tsp liquid soap
- Cut up onion and garlic, put into blender with water and puree.
- Strain solids out, combine liquid with remainder of ingredients.
- Spray on top and underside of leaves and anywhere else damaging bugs are found.
Recipe Tip! To make even more aggressive, add 1 tsp of Cayenne or crushed red chili flakes to blender mixture.
This will chase off all bugs that it comes in contact with, so be sure to use sparingly and only on areas that are showing undesirable insects. Once you see a reduction in the insect population or an increase in plant health, reduce the amount and number of times the bug solution is applied.