The Q&A Archives: Home made pepper spray

Question: How do you make pepper spray? You have suggested using this to keep small animals from digging up small plants or bulbs but I do not know how to make this up. Also, you have referred to soap solution but suggest not to use soap that has degreaser. How do I make this up to use?

Answer: You can make hot pepper spray to discourage animals from nibbling on the leaves of your plants: In a blender with water, liquify 2 large cayenne or habanero peppers. Strain to remove the solids and add water to bring the volume up to one gallon of concentrate. Shake well before using, and spray at the dilution rate of 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of water. Add 1/4 tbs. of liquid dish soap (such as Ivory Liquid) to make the mixture stick to the plants better.

Soaps with degreasers can harm the leaves of your plants so steer clear of them. Also avoid spraying soap in the heat of the day to guard against buring of the leaves. One final caution: Be advised that using a homemade concoction is at your own risk (and that of your plant's).

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