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Using Non-plant based Natural Insecticides
Often, a natural insecticide can be used rather than a man-made chemical solution for unwanted insects. Many of these preparations are made by using plants and plant derivatives. However, there are some non-plant kinds of natural insecticide.

Oils are commonly used as a natural insecticide. Some of the common oils used are mineral oil and different cooking oils. If cooking oil is used, liquid soap is added to the mixture. Either way, the oil is diluted with water and sprayed on the plant as a natural insecticide. The insects and eggs will be suffocated or dehydrated.

It certainly isn't pleasant to collect animal urine, but you can use it for a natural insecticide. You mix it with soil and let it set for a couple of weeks. Then, you dilute it with water and put it only on mature leaves. Never use this natural insecticide in full sun.

Chalk is an easy type of natural insecticide to use. You should soak it in water. The soaking time varies depending on what grade you use. Construction grade chalk soaks for twelve hours and natural chalk soaks for days. You can only use this preparation on mature leaves.

If you have a source of fresh, unpasteurized cow's milk, it can be used to make a natural fertilizer. It is combined with flour and water and sprayed on the plant. It kills many insects and their eggs.

Boric acid is, of course, a good all-around natural insecticide. It is used as a powder, or in a solution as a spray. It kills roaches, silverfish, termites, and many other insects. It is not a danger in any way to people working with it.

One way to protect your plants from the ravages of destructive insects is to use lime around the base of the plant. This is a form of natural insecticide. The lime powder not only repels most insects, but it suffocates the ones that try to come through anyway.

You can use a spray made of glue for a natural insecticide. The glue used is just the common household glue kids use in elementary school. You mix it with water and spray it where mites are a problem. The sprayer will become clogged if you don't wash it, so do that afterwards.

To get rid of ticks in your yard, you can use a CO2 trap. This is a natural insecticide that employs the use of dry ice to trap ticks. A piece of flannel is used under the dry ice for the insects to gather on. This method gets rid of ticks in a seventy-five square foot area of yard.

A natural insecticide called milky spore is used for grubs. It comes in the form of granules. It is said that one treatment lasts for decades. It kills only the grubs. It leaves beneficial insects alive.

There are many types of natural insecticide. Some of the non-plant kinds are often called remedies. However, they work to kill insects and they come directly from nature. It seems that they are indeed natural insecticides.

One advantage of a natural insecticide is that they don't use fossil fuels. Many of the chemical varieties do. Also, if you use a natural insecticide that is locally available, you will save on transportation costs. There are countless recipes for people to use to make natural insecticide on their own. You can look on the internet, or in your local library or book store for the recipes. These allow you to make inexpensive yet effective natural insecticide for your own use.

If you're looking for a reason to use a natural insecticide, you will find several. Safety of plants and animals, environmental protection, and ease of use are only a few. A natural insecticide is truly a viable alternative to chemicals.

Neem comes from the Indian lilac tree. It prevents feeding and is a growth regulator. Pyrethrum is one of the most popular natural insecticides for attacking insects. It is used to paralyze and must be applied directly. It's contained in many pet shampoos for flea and tick control. Nicotine is well known as a tobacco product, seen mostly in a negative light because of the harm it causes lungs when smoked. It can also help control some insects. Rotenone and sabadilla dust can be considered exotic natural insecticides because they are made from plants that exist in other countries. Sabadilla can wreak havoc on a honeybee population, though, and is a short-term insecticide.

Boric acid has been used for many years to help control nasty little roaches. Ants have been an age-old problem because of their ability to bite and take over our kitchens. Wasps that do sting cause allergic reactions, fear in small children and many adults because of their aggressive nature. People usually use some form of spray to attack them so they don't have to get too close and risk their painful stings. They've been attacked by hairspray and soap solutions.

People who live in rural areas can be quite creative in their attempts to attack insects with home-made insecticides. Some say cinnamon placed around a central air unit can keep the ants from entering and invading the points used to help run the units. Whatever your preferred method of attack, please be sure to use caution and consideration.

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