The Natural Garden: Organic Pesticides

The average gardener's shed contains enough chemicals to kill his entire family several times over. These include products such as wood preservatives, fungicides and pesticides. There are alternative methods to controlling those terrible little pests. Essential oils can be "preventative medicine" for your garden.

The following shows natural alternatives to chemical pesticides.

Insect Repellent Plant Essential Oil
Ants Spearmint, tansy, pennyroyal, peppermint Spearmint, peppermint, pennyroyal, garlic, citronella
Aphids Nasturtium, spearmint, stinging nettle, southernwood, garlic, potatoes, parsley, basil, horseradish Spearmint, peppermint, cedar wood, hyssop
Bean Beetle Potatoes, thyme Thyme, garlic, peppermint
Black Fly Stinging nettle, basil, lavender Lavender, tagetes, tansy
Cabbage Root Fly Sage, rosemary, hyssop, thyme, peppermint, celery, mint, wormwood, southernwood Peppermint, sage, rosemary, hyssop, thyme
Carrot Fly Rosemary, chives, sage, thyme, leeks Tansy, rosemary, tagetes
Caterpillars Celery, cleric family, tomatoes Spearmint, pennyroyal, peppermint
Cutworm Oak leaf, bark Thyme, sage
Eel Worm Marigold Tagetes
Flea Beetle (Black) Wormwood, mint, lettuce Peppermint, lemongrass, spearmint, rue, lavender
Fleas Lavender, mint Lemongrass, citronella, pennyroyal, rue, tansy, lavender
Flies Rue, tansy, wormwood, tomatoes Rue, lavender, citronella, peppermint, tansy
Gnats Pennyroyal Tagetes, spearmint, citronella, patchouli
Greenfly Garlic Lavender, tagetes, tansy
Lice Spearmint, pennyroyal, peppermint, nettle, basil Spearmint, peppermint, cedar wood, pennyroyal, rue
Mosquitoes Sassafras, pennyroyal, wormwood, southernwood, rosemary, sage, santolina, lavender, mint Lavender, pennyroyal, sassafras, citronella, lemongrass, tansy
Moths Wormwood, southernwood, rosemary, sage, santolina, lavender, mint, tansy Spearmint, lavender, hyssop, citronella, peppermint
Nematodes Marigolds Tagetes, sage, citronella
Plant Lice Stinging nettles Rue, spearmint, peppermint
Slugs Garlic, chives, wormwood Garlic, cedar wood, hyssop, sassafras, pine
Snails Garlic Cedar wood, sassafras, pine, garlic, patchouli
Ticks Rue Citronella, lemongrass, thyme, sage, pennyroyal, rue
Weevils Garlic Cedar wood, rue, sandalwood, patchouli
White Fly Marigolds, tomatoes Tagetes, tansy, lavender, sage
Wooly Aphids Nasturtium Sandalwood, patchouli, pine
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