How to Keep Bugs From Eating Strawberries


Since strawberry plants are low on the ground, they are ideal to attract a variety of bugs. If left untreated, there could be enough damage caused to both the leaves and fruit of the plant that the crop is completely ruined. If you'd like to keep the bugs from eating your strawberries, there is a homemade insecticide that you can make cheaply. The insecticide is effective at repelling any pests but completely safe to the plant, allowing you to continue growing quality strawberries.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 oz. minced garlic
  • 4 tsp. mineral oil
  • Large saucepan
  • 1/2 oz. dish soap
  • Small bucket
  • Garden sprayer
  • Place 6 oz. of minced fresh garlic, 4 tsp. mineral oil, and 2 pints water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil.

  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to completely cool.

  • Strain the mixture into a small bucket and add 1/2 oz. of dish soap.

  • Pour the liquid into a garden sprayer. Mist the strawberries after watering.

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