I noticed on some household plants these odd things on the leaves and stems. Hubby and I scraped some off one day and they were strange… almost spungey (is that a word?). I was doing some research today and found that they are called Scale Bugs. The thing is they don’t look like bugs at all, they attach themselves to the leaves and look like brown spots. Almost like leeches, well they technically are, they eat the sap from plants.
Looking around online I found several ways people say to rid themselves of scale, from Neem oil, to vinegar and water spray, and Q-tips soaked in alcohol. All these sound fine to use, but they also seem like a hit and miss solution, I want these things gone! We use a lot of natural gardening techniques from Jerry Baker. We originally found his videos when we subscribed to Netflix. If you have never heard any of his tips and tricks to help garden more naturally and cheaply, he gives down home ideas, in fact he says they came from his Grandmother. Feel free to search youtube as well, we still use his tonics to get our soil started which include things like epsom salts, beer, mouth wash, dish soap…
Jerry doesn’t tell us how to take care of these bugs though, not specifically. So today I found Garlic Fire Spray. We use something for colds we call Fire Cider or Master tonic, it sounds very similar!
Garlic Fire Spray:
2-3 Garlic Bulbs (the whole bulb not individual cloves)
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
3 Squirts Liquid Detergent (or 1 “dessert spoonful” you know the big spoons that come with your silverware set)
7 Cups Water (use 2-3 in the blender and add the rest after blended)
Blend all ingredients and strain through a cheese cloth, coffee filter, or mesh strainer. Add liquid to a spray bottle, pour the rest in covered jars and label them. You squirt this on your plants and it will kill all insects. Keep in mind it will kill the ones you want around too, so you wouldn’t want to use this if you’ve got ladybugs, bees and such.
I’m going to play around with this recipe along with some diatomaceous earth. I plan on putting the DE on the soil to kill any bugs that might be hiding in the soil, and spraying down the plant in the Garlic Fire Spray. If for whatever reason that doesn’t work I might try DE in water… but just like most natural things the spray needs to be reapplied. You can also spray this mixture around your garden to keep garden “pets” (gophers, rabbits…not sure about deer?) away from your garden.
It’s worth a shot in my book, I’d rather use something natural then some Round Up! Will post my failure or successes after I give this stuff a try.
- Organic Pest Control for Gardens (thrivefarm.wordpress.com)
- Non-Toxic Garden Pest Control (guest post) (ourdailygreenlife.blogspot.de)