alternatives to pesticides - bugs/pests - infested houseplants
Get rid of infested plants and use resistant plant varieties whenever possible.
All purpose spray - For an all purpose spray grind together three hot peppers, three large onions and one whole bulb of garlic. Cover the mash with water and let stand overnight. Strain through a cheesecloth and add enough water to make a gallon of spray. Use on roses, azaleas, mums and beans three times daily for one or two days during heavy infestation.
Garlic clove - Plant a garlic clove along with your plant. As it grows, simply keep cutting it down so it will not affect the appearance of your plant. Garlic will not harm the plant, but bugs hate it.
Soap and water spray - Mix up a solution of liquid soap and water in a pump-spray bottle at the ratio of 2 1/2 teaspoons per quart. Spray infested leaves with soapy water, then rinse off with plain water after a few minutes.
Tobacco - Place tobacco on potted plant soil. This helps control indoor infestations of a variety of pest that hatch from eggs deposited when plants are outside.
Tobacco and water spray - Place a large handful of pipe or cigarette tobacco in 4 quarts of warm water. Let stand for 24 hours. Dilute and apply with a spray bottle. Nicotine is deadly to mammals in high concentration: use caution when handling.