Orange Peel Spray
Citrus fruits contain compounds called linalool and limonene which act a natural pesticide. Professional pest control specialists use linalool to kill cockroaches and fleas with great success.
Limonene and linalool are naturally occurring chemicals responsible for giving citrus fruits their distinct odor. It is commonly added to household cleaners to give them a pleasant clean scent.
Both chemicals are also powerful cleaning and de-waxing agents making them ideal for cleaning AND combating insect foes. It is thought that the chemicals work to break down the waxy coating that insects have on their exoskeleton (their outer shells) causing them to lose too much moisture and dehydrate. Though it is a contact insecticide and requires direct application it is usually harmless to plants allowing them to be spray thoroughly and repeatedly. Remember to rinse the plant when you are finished especially if you have been using it on fruits or vegetables.
As an added bonus this spray acts as a natural air freshener making it a useful indoor insecticide.
To make Orange Peel Spray you will need:
- 1 peel from a large orange
- 2 cups filtered water (tap water is fine but let it sit over-night)
- 1 tsp gentle dish soap
- Cheese cloth or fine kitchen strainer
- Spray bottle
Where to start:
- Boil 2 cups of water and pour over the orange peel (fruit removed) in a glass jar or bowl.
- Cover the container and let this mixture steep for 24 hours.
- Then remove the peels and strain into your spray bottle.
- Finally add the dish soap and give it a few gentle shakes.
Using Orange peel spray:
The active ingredients require contact and offer no real residual effects so thoroughly drench the visible insects with this spray. Repeat as needed.
This spray can be used as a treatment for pests such as aphids, fungus gnats, mealybugs and as an ant repellant. You may also experience success with cockroaches and fleas.
- When exposed to oxygen the compounds break down form substance that may cause allergic skin reactions in some people.
- Avoid contact with sprayed surfaces if you experience any symptoms of allergic reaction.