Nurturing plants comes with its fair share of pesky insects that attack them. Here is an easy and organic solution to tackle this problem.

Widely known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties, neem has properties that help tackle the pest menace.

Here’s how you can make a neem-based insecticide at home:

Things needed: Spray bottle, gloves, garlic cloves, green chilli, neem oil extract, water from boiled rice, mortar and pestle.

Method: Add the garlic pods and green chilli into the mortal and pound well with the pestle. Once mixed, add the paste to the water from the boiled rice.

Allow this mixture to ferment well. Leave it aside for a couple of days or at the least overnight. The water must be well-infused with garlic and green chilli.

Now, strain the water to allow the garlic peels and chilli skin to be left out. To the freshly extracted water, add 2-3 teaspoons of neem oil extract. Mix well.

Pour this mixture into a spray bottle and dilute it before you spray it over the infected plant/leaves.

Continue to spray on infected areas every other day until you notice the disappearance of the bugs or infection. Continue this for at least a week to see good results.