Garden Guy Recipes for Getting Rid of Insects

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  • Compost tea
  • Molasses
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Liquid seaweed
  • Stockings
  • Bucket
  • Compost

Disease and Insect Control

  • Garlic
  • Garlic pepper tea
  • Orange oil


  • 1 pint white vinegar
  • 4 oz. Orange oil
  • 1 tsp. basic “H” (available at

Non-beneficial nematodes

  • Lemon peel
  • Orange peel

Scorpion control

  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Cinnamon
  • Orange guard

Flea control

  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Beneficial nematodes
  • Orange oil
  • Compost tea

Fungus control

  • Cornmeal

Kills things

  • 2 oz. orange oil per gallon of water
  • 1/3 molasses
  • 1/3 cup liquid humic


  • Dr. Bronners peppermint spray

Baking soda fungicide

  • 4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil per gallon

Vinegar fungicide

  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon for black spots


  1. Jan Cline says:

    I have a problem with aphid flies, outside of ladybugs do you know of a way to get rid of them permently

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Jan, there are not many effective methods to get rid of aphid flies outside of lady bugs. The best advice I have is to to wash your plants off with a hard stream of water and eliminate chemical fertilizers. Make sure you are using flowers as companion plant for effected plant material as well.

  2. Karen says:

    Dave, I have yellow bells that are being destroyed! Yesterday I was looking at them and think how beautiful the are and today the leaves are being striped. It appears to be a catapillar of some sort. Help me please, what can I use to get ride of the pest?

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Karen,

      You can go over to Moon Valley Nursery and buy a product called BT (bacillus thuringiensis) and this will get rid of the worms!


  3. Dave H says:

    Which of these would be the best to clear out ants? we have a ton of ant hills growing in our front and back yard and they bite.

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Dave,

      Try DE (Diatomaceous Earth) and you only want to dust it for application. It is Food grade so perfectly safe around pets and children. Here is a link

  4. Sally says:

    I see a lot of little crickets in my shed. How do I get rid of them?

    • The Garden Guy says:

      Hi Sally,

      You can use DE around the perimeter of your shed to help eliminate the crickets which is also safe around pets and kids/adults. You want to help eliminate the food source the crickets are going for.

  5. Johanne says:

    In December I purchase 8 large trees. Now about 2 months later; all the leaves on all the trees have red rusty spots on them. What should I do?
    Thanks J

  6. Angelikka says:

    Last week you had a report on beneficial insects at the morning news program. Would you let me know how I can get praying mantis eggs? I planted passion fruit vines and heard that bug would love them. Can I do anything before it get this far?

  7. Jean says:

    Where can we buy your book ?

  8. Diana says:

    PLEASE HELP. My garden is HIGHLY INFESTED with WHITEFLIES. I tried using internet recipes and it only burned my plants. My Lantana and Globe Amaranth are dead, roses (full size and miniture) are close behind. Now my Fig tree, Vincas, Petunias, Ipomoea Purple and Hibiscus are infested and looking stressed. What can I SAFELY do to get rid of these pests and save my plants. I also have lemon and lime trees nearby that I’m worried will be infected soon.


  9. Austin says:

    How about white flies. There over my vegetable garden

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