Keep Plant Pests Away With This Homemade Hot Pepper Spray

Keep Plant Pests Away With This Homemade Hot Pepper Spray
The downside of enjoying keeping plants around the house is that sometimes they get attacked by pests, anything from mites to caterpillars. Not being a huge fan of using poisonous chemicals to keep pests away, I've turned to another alternative a spray derived from habanero peppers. As it turns out, habanero peppers are not only delicious as a salsa ingredient, but they're also quite the effective as a deterrent for bugs and parasites that like to feast on my plants.

As luck would have it, I happen to have a potted habanero plant in my home that was just about ready to be harvested.

WARNING: Habaneros are extremely hot peppers and they can cause numbness and pain in your fingers if you handle them without gloves. It's also very dangerous if you get the oils of the pepper on your face or in your eyes, so please make sure to protect yourself accordingly if you want to make your own hot pepper spray.

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You'll Need:

- 1/2 cup of habanero peppers
- two cloves of garlic
- water
- cheesecloth or a strainer
- gloves
- goggles
- a spray bottle

Directions:

1. Put on the gloves and goggles on to make sure your eyes and your hands are protected from the hot oils of the habanero pepper. If you do not do this, you run the risk of getting the oils on your skin or accidentally in your eyes. Although you might only experience some discomfort and numbness in your fingers if you get it on your hands, it's a much more terrible situation if a spurt of oil hits you i the eye when you're cutting up the peppers.

2. Dice the habanero peppers and garlic as finely as you can (turns out garlic also helps deter many different kinds of plant pests too!), then put it in a bowl. Pour two cups of water into it and let it sit for at least 12 hours. If you have a food processor even better. Simply put the peppers, the garlic and water into the food processor and blend it until it becomes a fine mush.

3. Pour the mixture through a strainer or piece of cheesecloth in a bowl. Make sure you are extracting only liquid from the mixture and not any of the debris. Then pour the remaining liquid into a spray bottle. You might need a funnel to do this.

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And there you have it, your own hot pepper spray! Mist this over your plants every couple of weeks to keep parasites and pests away. I've been doing this for a month or so and it seems to be working so far. I would advise against making the solution any more concentrated than this recipe, as hot pepper sprays that are too strong might actually end up harming your plant.

Good luck!

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