Gardening pest control must be done with the utmost consideration to safety; safety in terms of the plants, animals and to humans as well. This holds especially true for those with organic gardens.
The main purpose people grow organic vegetables would be defeated if they became tainted with gardening pest control chemicals.
Here are a few long-term maintenance tips to make sure garden pests and diseases are less damaging and more environmentally friendly.
1. The physical gardening pest control process.
This may be accomplished through picking grubs off by hand, creating barriers and traps and plugging holes. Snails can be found hiding in damp places under rocks and towards the base of those plants with straplike foliage.
2. What is biological pest control?
Encourage predatory insects such as green lacewings and dragonflies to feed on aphids and other common garden pests that attack your plants. You can do this by placing a shallow bowl of water in the garden. Dragonflies especially will hover around water. Bacterial insecticides such as B. thuringiensis could also be used against caterpillars.
3. Only as a last resort should we turn to chemical pest control.
Organic gardening pest control methods can be successful and the ingredients for many of the organic receipes can be found in the kitchen cupboards. If chemical sprays are really necessary, try and find the least-toxic. These include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, dehydrating dusts, etc.
4. Consider a safer organic gardening pest control substitute.
Organic receipes for non toxic pest control include the following:
Against Green Aphids and Mites – Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap and a cup of vegetable oil. Dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and spray on aphids and mites.
Against Cockroaches – Dusts of boric acid can be applied to cracks or entry points of these insects. Bay leaves on pantry shelves could also help in warding off these critters.
Make sure that the chemicals you use are made specifically for the insect garden pests you are targeting.
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