Cayenne Pesticide Recipe

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You can use many household ingredients to create a pesticide that won't ruin your plant. Learn about cayenne pesticide recipes with help from a social entrepreneur in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Holly Hirshberg from Dinnergarden.org. We're going to make cayenne pepper pesticide. Using my household ingredients so I'm not going to put any harsh chemicals on my plant. When I'm vegetable gardening I don't like to put anything on my plants that I'm not going to want my family to eat so I try and be real careful about what chemicals I use. This one is going to be cayenne pepper so it's going to be really really hot. You want to be careful. I'm going to use the dehydrated cayenne pepper. If you're using fresh, you want to wear gloves. I'm going to do about a half a cup of vinegar, white vinegar to start and then I'm going to add about a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Okay, now here's the trick for this one, you have to make it in advance so make it a couple days before you're planning on working in your garden because this needs to marinate kind of like tea. So what I'm going to do is put a top on, I'm going to shake it up and then I'm going to let it sit here for four days while that starts to take effect but right now I'm going to move on and show you the rest of the recipe but just keep in mind this is going to sit here for four days. So after four days when it's been sitting here soaking up and combining, I'm going to add just a drop of dish soap. This is just common household dish soap. What this is going to do is it's going to break down the waxy barrier on the bugs and make them dehydrate and die but just a drop I don't want to overwhelm my plants because it will also strip the waxy coating off the plants too. Then I'm going to add about two tablespoons of vegetable oil and that's going to help it stick to the leaves. This is the kind of pesticide that you want to spray directly on the bugs because it's not going to work well as a preventative but it will take care of the bugs that are on your plant. This is water. I'm just going to add some water to fill my container. Alright, put my top back on. This is going to last, you know, make it up, set it in your cabinet so you have it when you need it. The longer it sits the more it's going to work. We're going to shake it up a little bit. Now, this is cayenne pepper. It's super, super, super hot. So I want to make sure I put a label on it that lets people know so it doesn't accidentally get sprayed somewhere where it's going to hurt somebody so I'm going to do a caution sticker. Caution, pepper spray. If I would have thought of it before I would have written something like pepper pesticide but I didn't think of it so pepper spray is what it gets. There you go.

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