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Organic Fruit Tree Pesticides

February 19, 2011

By Laurie Rappeport, eHow Contributor

updated: June 2, 2010

Growing fruit trees can offer a pleasurable hobby for a home gardener or a source of income for a professional grower. Whatever the reason, people often decide that since they have the opportunity to grow their own fruit, they will make it as healthy as possible. Today, many people prefer not to use chemical pesticides when possible. Look for organic pesticides when growing fruit trees.

Tobacco Organic Pesticide

  • Add 1 cup of tobacco to 1 gallon of water. Leave it to sit for 24 hours. If it looks darker than the color of weak tea, add more water. Spray it on fruit trees to get rid of bugs, caterpillars, aphids and some worms.

Dishwashing Liquid Organic Pesticide

  • Place 1 tsp. of liquid dish-washing detergent into 1 quart of water, together with 1 cup of rubbing alcohol. Spray the solution on the fruit trees to get rid of ants, bagworms, blister beetles, bagworms, mites, slugs, scales and whiteflies.

Garlic as an Organic Pesticide

  • Get rid of aphids and apple borers by grinding up raw garlic and onions into a puree and soaking it overnight. Stain it and spray the liquid on the fruit trees.

Insect Organic Pesticide

  • Crush up 1/2 cup of a particular species of insect. Add 2 cups of water, strain and mix 1/4 cups of the solution to a few drops of liquid soap in a spray bottle. Spray it on the infestation to rid the fruit trees of that kind of insect.

Organic Pesticide for Fungus

  • Prevent fungus growth on fruit trees by mixing 2 tbsp. of baking soda, 1 pint of water and 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil in a spray bottle, together with 1 tbsp. of castile soap. Spray this solution on the fruit tree’s leaves every five to seven days.

Milk Organic Pesticide for Fungus

  • Protect the fruit trees from fungus growth by spraying a mixture of 50 percent water and 50 percent milk on the trees every three to four days.

Plant Garlic as an Organic Pesticide

  • Plant garlic around fruit trees to keep borers away.

Neem Organic Pesticide

  • Spray neem oil on the fruit trees to to make sure that ants, aphids, beetles, bagworms, boxelders, cankerworms, catterpillers, Codling Moths, weevils, mites, gypsy moths and thripes do not attack them. Neem comes from the neem tree, an evergreen tree in India.

Alcohol Spray Organic Pesticide

  • Spray an alcohol spray on the fruit trees to protect them from mites, whiteflies, slugs, blister beetles, ants, aphids and bagworms.

Raw Apple Cider Vinager Organic Pesticide

  • Keep mold and mildew from growing on the fruit trees by spraying raw apple cider vinegar on the soil or the leaves around the fruit tree.

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