Got Tobacco Leftovers?

Blog Post created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Jul 13, 2014

For those of you who are still in the planning stage of your quit you may be asking what to do with your leftover sickerettes! 

Do I give them to my smoking neighbor knowing that they are bad for you?

Do I throw them away in the trash? Perhaps this goes against your nature to not waste things.

Do I smoke them up and then quit? This may be an excuse to delay your quit date.

Well, here's a guilt FREE alternative! 

CAUTION: Do NOT buy tobacco products to implement this recipe! Having tobacco around after you have quit may be too tempting!!! 

Make your own pesticide!

Tobacco pesticide is particularly effective on soft creatures, such as slugs and aphids. 

Step 1. Steep a 1/4 cup of dry tobacco in a quart of water for at least half an hour. Soaking for longer produces a stronger pesticide, and some gardeners leave the tobacco mixture to soak for a day. Stronger pesticides might work faster, but they are also more dangerous to beneficial garden insects. If you don't have enough tobacco, go to your local open areas and find used tobacco butts so that you're cleaning up the environment while you collect the needed tobacco.

[Be sure to wear gloves! Tobacco is a nerve poison!]

Step 2. Add a squirt of dish washing liquid to the mixture. This improves the spreadability of the pesticide and is mildly toxic to some pests in its own right.

Step 3. Strain the liquid into a plastic storage container, through a fine sieve, to remove the tobacco pieces. Tighten the lid securely. The pesticide will keep for a couple of weeks if stored somewhere cool, for example, in a garage or basement.

Step 4.Target the pests and use as little spray as possible. For example, spray growing shoots that are thickly covered in aphids but not nearby, aphid-free leaves. Tobacco spray is natural but still dangerous to useful insects, such as ladybugs.