Natural Bug Exterminator for Fruit Trees

Jo Zimny Recipe

By Jo Zimny EmilyJo

To keep your trees bug free!
30 Min

Insects and their larvae can do damage to your fruit tree, from eating the foliage to spoiling the fruit. Fortunately, you don't have to resort to harsh, harmful chemicals to protect your fruit trees from nasty critters like moths and fruit flies. The original recipe came from Tielle Webb, on E

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1 gal
plastic jug
3/4 c
1 c
white vinegar
1 c
white sugar
banana peels
twine or sturdy cord
craft knife or similar cutting tool

Directions Step-By-Step

Slice off the top quarter of the plastic jug using the craft knife or scissors. Punch 4 holes near each corner or in four even spots round the jug so that you will be able to hang the jug with the twine or cord.
Make sure the sugar and vinegar are well combined.
Slice the banana peels into thin strips and place them in the jug with the vinegar mixture.
Pour the water into the jug and stir until thoroughly combined.
Cut two lengths of twine and thread it through the holes in the plastic jug in a criss cross formation. Hang the jug from a sturdy branch of your fruit tree.
Bugs will be attracted to the scent and meet with their end in the vinegar mixture.
Tips and Warnings: Replace the repellent when you notice multiple bugs in it, or if you have had recent rains, as the rain will dilute the mixture.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Hashtags: #Fruit, #bug, #killer, #trees

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Doreen Fish dfish
Apr 15, 2011
Way to go Jo!!! I need just this!! Thank u!!
Sandi Baylis sandibaylis
Apr 15, 2011
Jo this is so good to know, I really don't like chemicals. Vinegar is sure good for alot of things!
Nancy Hearell rayna304
Apr 15, 2011
A definite save for me. I will be making this right away. Thanks for posting.
Jo Zimny EmilyJo
Apr 15, 2011
You're welcome Doreen and Nancy, I am thinking of making this soon too, it can't hurt to try it.
Apr 16, 2011 - Jo Zimny shared this recipe with discussion group: Non-Edibles
Sue Lunsford suesmynamebakinsmygame
Dec 17, 2013
Thanks for the recipe. 40+ years ago my uncle gave me a formula for fruit trees and I've been trying to remember it for the last couple of years. I think this is the closest one that I have run across. Thanks again