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Post  Weedless_ on 5/14/2015, 8:41 am

I am making a potent onion-garlic-cayenne tea to be used in the garden to kill caterpillars.
It's steeping right now, after which I am supposed to strain it and add a drop of dish-soap.
Anyone tried it before? How effective is it? Anything I need to know?

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Post  camprn on 5/14/2015, 9:05 am

I have not used such a concoction for broad killing purposes. It aint easy but I encourage you to take care to not kill your beneficial creatures.

good luck.


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Post  littlesapphire on 5/14/2015, 9:05 am

I've never tried this before, so you'll have to let us know how it works!  I just wanted to comment that in the book The Truth Behind Garden Remedies, it says you should be careful with dish soap because too much can damage your plants.  But I think one drop would probably be alright.  I've used insecticidal soap before for soft bodied bugs and that works super well.
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Post  littlejo on 5/14/2015, 9:23 am

Weedless, last yr. I was overrun with mosquitoes. And it was very hot outside. So, I searched the net and came up with a solution of garlic, onions, and the dish soap. Dummy me, It said, chop up in food processor, then strain, etc. It was food, plus it was in 90's outside, so I did this inside. 

I processed this in the house and then took off the lid. Well, it permeated all the house. I had nothing, including mosquitoes and humans, in the house. It would be a great solution for pollen. Cleared my head good. Worked so-so on the mosquitoes out in the yard.

It might work on regular bugs depending on the dilution.

Good Luck and let us know how it works.

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Post  sanderson on 5/14/2015, 11:05 am

@littlejo wrote:Weedless, last yr. I was overrun with mosquitoes. And it was very hot outside. So, I searched the net and came up with a solution of garlic, onions, and the dish soap. Dummy me, It said, chop up in food processor, then strain, etc. It was food, plus it was in 90's outside, so I did this inside. 

I processed this in the house and then took off the lid. Well, it permeated all the house. I had nothing, including mosquitoes and humans, in the house. It would be a great solution for pollen. Cleared my head good. Worked so-so on the mosquitoes out in the yard. Jo Ann
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I've wondered if running the dehydrator for garlic outside wouldn't be a better option than inside. Now I'm convinced! Thanks for the chuckle.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/15/2015, 8:55 am

LOL, same for onions!  And when they're dehydrated, be sure to put them in glass jars rather than plastic.  The smell permeates...  Quickly!!

If you have a seal-a-meal, the jars are great for that type of thing or anything that has sharp edges (corn comes to mind...  and potato slices!)
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Post  vortex on 5/15/2015, 10:36 am

@littlejo wrote:Weedless, last yr. I was overrun with mosquitoes. And it was very hot outside. So, I searched the net and came up with a solution of garlic, onions, and the dish soap. Dummy me, It said, chop up in food processor, then strain, etc. It was food, plus it was in 90's outside, so I did this inside. 

I processed this in the house and then took off the lid. Well, it permeated all the house. I had nothing, including mosquitoes and humans, in the house. It would be a great solution for pollen. Cleared my head good. Worked so-so on the mosquitoes out in the yard.

It might work on regular bugs depending on the dilution.

Good Luck and let us know how it works.

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Agreed that garlic and onion can be excellent deterrents. I have a tea spray recipe that uses garlic, onion, and cayenne (in powder form) as well as a little lemon dish soap.
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