Does anyone have the instructions for making the stuff. Right now I
have couple of cups of Jalapeno tops, seeds and some membranes and it
just occurred to me that they could be turned into an insecticide.
Also, how do you use it and on what?
I haven't had much luck with hot peppers as an insecticide, but they do work
well for the four-legged pests. For years I had a huge problem with rabbits
eating my sweet potato vines. I put a handful of dried chilies(cayenne I
think) in the blender with a couple of cups of hot water and processed for a
couple of minutes. The resulting mix was strained through an old t-shirt,
diluted to 1 gallon and sprayed on the potato vines. There was no more
noticeable damage until after the next rain. You could add a couple of drops
of liquid soap (Ivory, not detergent) to help it stick. It works for deer as
well. For now just dry the pepper trimmings for use next year.
Hope this helps,
I don't know if capsaisum (spelling?) is a good insecticide but I can tell
you how to extract it into water. Blend your seeds etc into a food
processor with just enough cheap vegetable oil to liquidise, blend until
smooth and liquid then leave over night. Dilute this with water including
enough detergent to emulsify the oil. If using a sprayer squeeze through a
cloth to remove larger solids. Wear gloves! I don't know what strength (if
any) acts as an insecticide so you may have to experiment. As others have
said it may be more use as an animal repellant.
Thanks to everyone who replied. I will be mixing some up in the next
few days and trying it next year. If it keeps the critters away that
will be a big help. I watched a turtle eat my only cantaloupe this
year. And I see rabbits hopping around there frequently.
Maybe I will plant a couple of cayenne next year to use for repellant.
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