Looking to avoid hazardous chemicals while fighting uninvited guests this season? Try this simple and effective DIY pesticide duster!
This DIY pesticide duster uses readily available herbs and spices. It also calls for diatomaceous earth (DE), a naturally occurring siliceous rock that is easy crumbled into a fine white powder. (Learn more about DE here.)
DIY Pesticide Duster
1/2 c. bay leaves
1/2 c. peppermint leaves
1 1/2 tsp. each citrus peel, garlic powder, diatomaceous earth, cayenne pepper, salt
Grind the ingredients into a powder using a blender or mortar and pestle. Dust along affected areas.
This combination acts as a deterrent because of the smells of garlic, cayenne and mint. It can also kill insects that have an exoskeleton thanks to the diatomaceous earth and citrus oil. When a bug comes in contact with DE the bug “dries up” because the diatomaceous earth sticks to the waxy layer found on the exoskeleton and prevents them from hydrating. Citrus oils are caustic to the exoskeleton. The salt is also drying.
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