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Homemade Bug Spray

Officially it’s not allowed to make your own treatments for bugs and problems on your allotment. 

(So I’m not advocating that anyone tries this on their plants.)

Black Fly on the Broad Beans

We’ve had a problem with our beautiful broad beans. 

They’ve got black fly!

Oh no!

Now insecticide is out of the question. We keep bees. Insecticide is terrible. 

So from our bee keeping we’ve learned that bugs don’t like thyme. We took some home grown dried thyme and ground it into a fine powder. 

Then we put it a pan with hot water to make a ‘tea’. We added a squirt of washing up liquid.

Now we also know that ants don’t like cinnamon. The ants farm the black fly. They carry them onto the plant. So we added cinnamon oil to the cooled liquid. 

Then we filtered it through kitchen paper in a sieve. 


The washing up liquid helps it stick to the plant. 

Then we sprayed it onto the bugs. 

The next time we went it was much improved. 

12 comments on “Homemade Bug Spray

  1. Hilda
    June 21, 2015

    Now that is a useful recipe. Simpler than many I’ve seen too.

    Liked by 2 people

    • lizard100
      June 21, 2015

      Thyme isn’t eaten by any bugs. It does seem to be working.


  2. beeseeker
    June 21, 2015

    Brilliant, thanks for sharing.
    I will make sure that I never ever try this out on our allotment

    Liked by 1 person

    • lizard100
      June 21, 2015

      Thanks. Would hate to encourage anyone to try it ; )


  3. beeseeker
    June 21, 2015
    • lizard100
      June 21, 2015

      Thanks very much. It’s a useful remedy. They are starting to see a link between round up and cancer now so another reason to avoid harsh chemicals.


  4. jpeggytaylor
    June 21, 2015

    Your bug solution sounds a whole lot safer than the stuff our council has been spraying along our streets and grass verges this Summer!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. plot34
    June 21, 2015

    Better start sowing an industrial quantity of thyme 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Equality 333
    June 24, 2015

    I really like this recipe it’s a real shame you can’t use it. Me being one to follow our corporate sponsors would obviously not make it up as the nearest opportunity and spray my garden, no not I 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Equality 333
    June 24, 2015

    Reblogged this on Ideas Of Mass Destruction and commented:
    This is a lovely little remedy for you fictional garden. As you are officially not allowed to use it, not doubt a rule by corporations. But on the flip side if you were too not agree with the corporate versions then please go ahead… You know my views though I like to share 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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