Natural Pesticide Made From Lemon Grass

Natural Pesticide Made From Lemon Grass Extract

Natural Pesticide Made From Lemon Grass Extract

Good afternoon, dear friends πŸ˜€

I always get paranoid whenever I find ants or cockroaches crawling all over the place at home because once they start coming, it would be hard to get rid of the problems because they leave trails behind to tell their whole village to come! πŸ™„Β  Although I have a pest control company that comes twice a year to spray some chemicals to repel pests, I don’t really like the chemicals because I am worried that my two cats and dogs may get poisoned somehow and I always developed skin itchiness after a pest treatment.

Therefore, I have been looking around for a natural remedy that works really effectively. I have tried so many ways to prevent the ants and cockroaches from coming – I know, the best way is to be very clean and keep food bits away, but when I have 4 kids who loves candies, cookies and chocolates, it gets pretty tedious after a while. πŸ˜†

I have tried using fresh pandan leaves placed in my kitchen cabinets as a cockroach deterrent, but after a while, it is like the cockroachesΒ got smarter and theyΒ came back. I have used dish detergent to draw lines or borders to prevent ants, but after a day or two, they, too, would be back…..via a different and longer route, which I have to trace back to their original entry. I don’t like to use insecticide sprays because as a Buddhist, I am not supposed to kill living things – ants included. That’s why I get so worked up when I see ants as I would be caught in a dilemma in stopping the ants somehow.

So, when I found this bottle of lemon grass extract that claims to be a natural pesticide for ants, cockroaches, termites, mosquitoes flies and even rats, I just had to buy it….although I had my doubts but I was game to try it anyway.

Wow, it really works so far in stopping the ants from coming and although the ants were smart and came back via other routes, I just need to find out where they are coming in and spray this lemon grass extract (which is diluted with 10 parts water to one part extract) along their paths……and Voila! No more ants! Needless to say, I can sleep better these days, knowing that my ants problems are over. πŸ˜‰

The lemon grass extract gives out a very refreshing, citrus scent which I really like, too. πŸ˜€

Note – I am not being paid to talk about this product but thought you may be interested in a natural pesticide to use for your home. It is produced by a company in Malacca and I bought this bottle from the Tesco Hypermarket in Shah Alam. So, head on there if you want to try this out yourself. πŸ˜‰


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  1. 1

    Jasi said,

    So jealous am I that you’ve found a solution!

    We have small sugar ants plaguing us for all warm months. Our homes here are built upon an apple orchard and they live in the ground. They are impossible to get rid of fully in our neighborhood.

    I wonder how I can buy this stuff in the US. We cannot use chemicals around babies here, especially where the ants come in.


  2. 2

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Jasi πŸ˜€

    I came across this product by chance at Tesco and it was the first time that I see a natural plant extract for pests. I don’t know if there is any of this stuff in the US, I am in Malaysia/South East Asia where lemon grass plants grow easy everywhere.

    I wonder if this lemon extract can be sent to the US and other countries, i.e. your Customs department would allow this product to be imported to your country? Once my online store is open, I will have this lemon grass extract for sale. They come in 2 sizes bottles – 500 ml and 1 litre.

    Have a great weekend ahead!

    With love and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  3. 3

    sweetrosie said,

    Happy weekend dear choesf! I am sitting here at the computer and should be writing an essay about fermented mare’s milk for uni… however, your lovely post made me want to write a comment.

    That insecticide sounds wonderful – what a great find. I can’t wait for you to open your online shop. Let me tell you what I am hoping to buy. I hope you will be able to stock them;
    Malaysian kopi powder
    Flavours magazine – secondhand is fine
    Malaysian Woman’s Weekly

    I can’t wait for you to open it dear choesf! I am so excited πŸ™‚

    Have a lovely weekend dear,
    with love x πŸ™‚


  4. 4

    happygrub said,

    hi choesf,

    After I bought so many vanilla beans from Bali, I kept them in my sugar pot. I noticed that ants had previously always found their way into my pot but with the vanilla beans, its been ant free! Maybe u can ask ur friend Jasi to try repelling the ants with vanilla pods.

    Wow, i’m also interested on what u’ll sell on ur store! How interesting..

    Regards, Farhan


  5. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Happy Weekend to you, too, dear sweetrosie! πŸ˜€

    Oh yes, I am indeed enjoying my rest today, as I am sure you are, too. I have put up my tired legs now πŸ˜† because my family had spent most of today at the cemetaries, to pray to our departed parents at their graves, an annual event for the Chinese to spend some time cleaning the grave, offer food and prayers to their late ancestors.

    Wow, there are so many interesting topics that you are studying at the uni – I have not heard of fermented mare’s milk and I’m guessing it is something like yoghurt?

    Thank you for telling me what you would like to get from Malaysia and then I would put those items in my online store catalogue. Oh, I love Malaysian coffee, too and I would get really aromatic and fresh kopi powder from my supplier at the wet market here.

    Regarding my online store – I will have pre-packed herbal soups for health (they will come with recipes) – different soups for different health purposes, soothing flower tea blends, spices and curry paste brands that I have found to be really good (because there are a huge variety of them available), some Malaysian products that are difficult to find overseas (like the pandan essesnce that Rose wants). and even those Flavours magazines that you like…:wink: I am slowly compiling my store catalog and at the moment, I have to arrange for a proper payment system for my store first as the popular Paypal system has a hitch – it seems that they won’t pay my Paypal credits into a Malaysian bank account for some reason, and I have to go to Singapore to open a bank account first. πŸ™„

    But I am just as excited as you πŸ˜† in starting my online store as it would be my pleasure to have a place where you can source for things or ingredients that you can’t find at your place. Some of the products would be linked to my blog posts and vice versa for easy reference, for example, this lemon grass extract.

    Have a great relaxing weekend!

    With love and hugs,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Farhan πŸ˜€

    Wow, that’s a really neat natural remedy for ants – using vanilla beans πŸ’‘ Thank you for sharing this tip here. I hope Jasi is reading this… πŸ˜€

    It was only recently that I found some vanilla bean pods at a bakery supply store here and I was so excited at having found them but they cost like US 30 cents for each pod. I think spices are much cheaper in Bali and my friend got me some saffron at such low prices.

    Hehe, quite a number of my friends are getting impatient waiting for my online store to open and I have pretty much put together what I am going to sell but the payment aspect of the store has yet to be finalised regarding Paypal….thus far, someone has suggested using Western Union to pay me and I am looking into that as well. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great weekend, Farhan!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  7. 7

    thank you for posting your natural pesticide made from lemon grass extract.. it helps me in my science project.. thank you very much!!!
    please add me in ur YM, i want to thank you in an online chatting.. thanks again!!!


  8. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are welcome, dear Mathrix. I’m glad this article was helpful for you in your science project. πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful week ahead!

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  9. 9

    kirk said,

    thanks about that. now i can use something for our investigatory project! πŸ˜€


  10. 11

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear all πŸ˜€

    Further to this post, there is now a safe-to-use and natural fruit enzyme that you can make yourself at home and use as a natural insect and ant repellent. Use in concentrated form for best results or use as diluted. The enzyme can be used to mop floors, too – hence, it is really good for those of us who have babies, small children and pets at home.

    Read HERE for instructions on how to make your own enzyme insect repellent and multi-purpose cleaner.

    Do have a wonderful day!

    With best wishes,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  11. 12

    Lim said,

    Hi choesf,

    The last few days I have been busy making the enzymes & the crispy roast pork that I didn’t get back to you.

    I’ve done the dragon fruit enzyme for consumption, citrus fruit & rice water cleaning enzymes. Thanks for your tips to blend the citrus fruit skin which I did. Today is the fourth day & looks to be fermenting very well. I was just wondering why can’t we blend the dragon fruit as well?

    I follow your recipe for the roast pork except for the roasting part where my butcher advised me to put water on the lower tray in the oven so that the meat will not be dry. My roast pork turned out superb with really crispy skin. My husband was surprised that I can do it so well for the first time. My children even commented that it is better than the restaurant. I guess because it is so fresh, eat right from the oven.

    When I have time, I ‘ll go through more of your recipe.

    Thanks again & have a nice weekend


    • 13

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there, dear Lim πŸ˜€

      Wow, you have certainly been busy the last few days. Thank you for your tip on putting some water in the lower pan when roasting the pork so that the meaty part of the pork stays juicy, whilst the skin remains crispy. I will be sure to do that the next time I make some siew yoke. πŸ’‘ I’m happy for you that your roast pork turned out great and I know how happy you must have felt when you saw your husband’s and children’s faces when they tasted your homemade roast pork! πŸ˜‰

      Good question there – why don’t we blend the dragon fruit (without the skin) for fermentation for consumption, too? I have to think about that and hopefully someone will come along here and have a logical answer to that. 😳 πŸ˜†

      We had some new discussions HERE on making the enzyme for cleaning whereby blog visitor Jon Q has posted some useful tips on speeding up the fermentation period from 3 months down to 2 weeks. Do have a look there, especially at Comment # 23.

      Do have a lovely weekend, too!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  12. 14

    sharina ruiz said,

    we also made a natural insecticide as our investigatory project using onion extract with some kerosene added…..
    try it!!!!!!


    • 15

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear sharina ruiz πŸ˜€

      Thank you for letting me know of your natural insecticide…can you provide the instructions on how to make this? I would like to try it out. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a lovely week ahead!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 16

        SHARINA RUIZ (AGAIN!) said,

        hi i would like to ask your full name because i will present to my teacher what you have introduced us…
        and about the procedure, first, peel the onions, pound it then get the extract & using a cheesecloth, you might get the extract more finely then add some kerosene…and that’s it!


      • 17

        happyhomemaker88 said,

        Thank you for sharing this onion/kerosene “recipe” as a natural insect repellent. That is so simple and interesting. I must try it out and I will post my findings here.

        You can use my name as “choesf” from “Happyhomemaker88 blog”. πŸ˜‰

        With best wishes,

        choesf πŸ˜€


  13. 18

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good evening, dear friends πŸ˜€

    Here is a fantastic feedback posted by yen on how the homemade fruit enzyme was used effectively as a natural pesticide :-

    Good afternoon to you, choesf

    Just a feedback from mum’s maid who asked her mom back home to try this fruit enzymes for her corn crops which were attacked by fruit flies and were destroyed.
    Of course, the first time round, her mom was sceptical about this and did not bother to make, then her corn crops were destroyed again by the flies.
    This time round, her mom made the enzymes (only limes) and using spray to lightly spray onto the corn crops. Wow, somehow the fruit flies were kept away perhaps by the smell and she is so happy that she can now harvest her corns.

    Thank you once again for sharing with us this lovely, wonderful MAGIC enzymes cleaner.

    do take care


  14. 19

    hi i am david ,i just want to know ,how to do an
    lemon grass pestisides ?


    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear David Rostigeo πŸ˜€

      The lemon grass pesticide shown in the picture above was purchased from a supermarket. I’m afraid I don’t know how it was produced. 😳

      However, since I posted this, I have found a natural fruit enzyme that works wonderfully as a cleaner as well as a pesticide. Someone used the enzyme on her crop of corn plants in Indonesia and it was successful in getting rid of the bugs. Perhaps, you may like to give this enzyme a try and make some yourself at home. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€
      Homemade Natural Fruit Cleaning & Pesticide Enzyme


  15. 21

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  16. 22

    mark said,

    Maybe its just scented with lemon grass but actually still chemical based?


    • 23

      Hi there, dear Mark πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your comments. You could be right as I’m not sure how they manufacture this product. Anyway, I have stopped using that as a natural pesticide as I am now using my own Homemade Natural Enzyme Citrus Cleaner. Now there is no cockroaches nor ants in my house. I have found that undiluted apple cider vinegar makes a very good ant repellent as well but that’s a bit costly to use. πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  17. 24

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  18. 25

    Leila said,

    Dear writer, can you tell me if serai Wangi is effective for fleas and ticks? It’s hot season, no rain in Penang and my dog got ticks and my cat fleas! I have treated them and they are ok. The only problem is my house bkz I prefer not to use chemical sprays at home. It might be dangerous for my pets roaming around. Can serai wangi kill any possible eggs on furniture and rugs or around the house?


    • 26

      Hi there, Leila πŸ˜€

      I am not sure if Serai Wangi may be effective for fleas and ticks as I have not tried it. Maybe you can test it out and see if it will work?

      I have read that using Diatomaceous Earth (DE) will work as an organic way to kill fleas and ticks and bed bugs. There are some local suppliers online for DE.

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  19. 27

    Martha said,

    this helped with the pests in my garden! thank you very much for this effective pesticide!


  20. 29

    Jampa said,

    may I ask why must it be airtight bottle.. ? will a bucket covered with plastic sheet be fine ?


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