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How to Use Tobacco Juice to Control Pest in the Garden

Updated: Dec 18, 2020

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How to Use Tobacco Juice to Control Pest in the Garden

Nicotine sprays are a traditional remedy for a range of pests, including whiteflies, gnats, root and leaf aphids, thrips and leafminers. While commercial nicotine sprays are so potent that they can kill as many beneficial insects as plant predators, homemade "tobacco juice" is short-lived and much milder. Used sparingly, it may be an important member in your arsenal of natural pest control.

1. Place 1 cup of crushed tobacco leaves in 1 gallon warm water.

2. Add 10 drops mild liquid soap. Soap helps homemade sprays adhere to plants.

3. Steep the solution for at least 30 minutes.

4. Pour the solution through a mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a bucket or bin with a lid. Keep the mixture on hand for up to a month.

5. Put some of the solution into a spray bottle.

6. Spray the underside of leaves on affected plants. Coat the leaves thoroughly with the spray solution.

7. Spray the lower part of the plant's stems and the surrounding soil. For large-scale plantings, pour the solution from the bucket onto the soil.

8. Refill spray bottle as needed for foliar applications, or pour the solution from the bucket onto areas with severe ground pest infestations.

Things You Will Need

  • Tobacco leaves

  • Mild liquid soap

  • Mixing bowl or bucket

  • Strainer or cheesecloth

  • Container with lid

  • Spray bottle


  • If you are a smoker, cigarette butts work equally well for for tobacco juice. Use 1 cup of cigarette butts in place of 1 cup of crushed tobacco leaves.


  • If using tobacco juice on edible plants, restrict your spray schedule to early growth, and apply it several weeks before expected harvest. Nicotine can stay in the plant's system for many weeks.

  • Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, which are in the same nightshade family as tobacco, are susceptible to tobacco mosaic disease. Check your nursery information to see if your plants are bred to be resistant to the disease. If you're not sure, skip the tobacco juice treatment for these plants.

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