Natural Recipes for Home and Garden


Natural Recipes for a Pest-Free Garden

A beautiful and healthy garden is possible without the use of expensive and often hazardous chemicals.

All-purpose insect spray: 
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp liquid soap (hand soap only).

Chop or grind garlic and onion, add cayenne and mix with water.  Let stand 1 hour, then add liquid soap.  Store in a covered jar in the refrigerator up to one week.  Use as a spray wherever insects are causing a problem.


Animal Repellent Sprays

Use a spray on the plants and yard area where these animals are causing problems.

  • 2 parts cayenne powder
  • 1 garlic
  • 3 parts dry mustard powder
  • 5 parts flour
  • Add sufficient water
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 oz. Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1 pint water
  • Dash of dish soap


Return to Previous Page



Picture of solid waste trucks

Solid Waste Management Department

Customer Service
(480) 644-2221

Department Managers

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211

Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207

Office Hours:
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed Fridays & holidays


Missed barrel notification

Damaged barrel notification

Barrel collection schedule

Barrel or service requests

All other service requests should be directed to Customer Service

Email us (General Questions)