While prevention is always the best medicine, sometimes pest outbreaks can occur. The homemade insecticide spray given below is very effective, but all such products can disrupt the ecosystem you are trying so hard to establish; only use as a last result.

Organic Hot Pepper Insecticide

  • ½ cup hot peppers (or 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper)
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp liquid dish detergent
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Bring water to a boil, remove from heat and add peppers. Cover and steep until cool. Strain then mix in soap and oil. If using cayenne pepper, no need to bring water to a boil first. Put into a spray bottle and spray affected area. Good for any pest or fungus.