I love to tell people our farm fresh eggs are made from recycled bugs. We use our chicken and ducks for pesticide. Our pekings are the best at picking potato bugs right off the plant without causing any harm to the greens. But sometimes, our organic approach to homestead gardening needs a little bit of help. When we need to discourage insects from various plants, we use the fruit of other plants. Super hot peppers to be more specific.
We have no set formula, but always start with peppers at least as hot as habanero. Typically, if we have misinformed peppers or those with a few bits on them we will set them aside for the next year’s organic pesticide sprays. After crumbling a handful of peppers into a gallon of water, we simmer the water for 30 or so minutes. After it is strained and allowed to cool, we add a teaspoon of natural dish soap.
The mixture is poured into a spray bottle and used to saturate plants. The method is particularly effective against aphids. A strong stream from a pump spray bottle will force the aphids off the plants. They do not tend to want to return due to the scent and flavor.