Garden pest control is another option that you will need to take care of when it comes to your garden. Many people assume they can just use bug sprays or other pest control sprays to take care of their gardens, but if you’re not careful, you may find that these chemicals are going to cause some harm to your beautiful garden, contaminate the soil and potentially, the water.
As a result of the traditional garden pest control, many people are turning to organic options to help make their gardens look amazing.
In this article, we are sharing six (6) garden pest control alternatives (natural and organic, off course), that could help with your garden pests. This include:
1. Floating row covers.
These are a porous white fiber that will act as a barrier to insects. They still allow the sunlight in though, so your plants get all of the great nutrition they need in that part. If you would like to extend your season a bit longer, there are heavier duty row covers that will help to keep the plants warm.
2. Pheromone traps.
Many insects produce pheromones, or powerful smells that are meant to lure the opposite sex. There are special bait traps with the scents on them and will help to alert you when a certain pest is trying to move into the area.
3. Sticky traps.
These are a rigid material that will have a sticky substance on them, to capture the insects and keep them still. You have to keep the traps clean, sticky as possible and hang them at plant height every few feet. The color will also attract different kinds of pests so keep this in mind. For example, yellow is good for leaf hoppers, white flies, and fruit flies, while white is better for plant bugs and flea beetles. Light blue is good for flower thrips and red spheres can be good for some flies.
4. Insecticidal soap.
This kind of soap includes a fatty acid that dissolves onto the skin of the insects. The insect needs to come into contact with the soap while it is still in liquid form, so you will need to spray it onto the pests as they are flying around. You can also test it on each plant to make sure that the plant will be fine with that spray around.
5. Essential oils.
These are often one of the most effective garden pest control because they keep the pests away without causing harm to the plants. There are a number of essential oils that have a special aroma that is bad for the pests, but the oils are made out of herbs so they aren’t an issue to your plants. Make sure to research which oils work the best with your particular problem to avoid issues.
This last but not least alternative, could be the most effective garden pest control. It is not a mystery that, many undeveloped countries located in tropical regions, use this alternative to control pests. For instance, rice farms owners flood their lands to 1. keep the soil saturated (good for the plant and grain) and 2. to keep any kind of pests away from the leaves.
While traditional forms of pest control may seem like the best options to take care of your pests and will help you to keep the plants healthy, they can actually cause a lot of harm to the plant. You could be spraying harmful chemicals at the plants and making them sick and ensuring they don’t do well. Try out an organic option of the pest control and you will see that it is much easier to keep those pests away without ruining all your hard work.