Naturally grown foods should not contain any harmful chemicals or residue from pesticides. However, insects and pests are a real challenge for farmers!
For any type of pest you can think of, you might also find a suitable natural solution that is not harmful to the planet. Many of the natural solutions for pests depend on ecological balance and the actions of other plants and animals so you have to be very conscious of how you choose to combat the pest. Think of the most nature-friendly ways of pest control, that are also cost effective, reliable and most importantly, environmentally friendly.
Interested? We will show you several ways you can get rid of pests from your backyard home garden without using any harmful chemicals, and achieve great results without damaging the environment.
Natural Pest Control Methods:
Here we will discuss a few of the natural organic methods of pest control techniques that you might find interesting.
1. Floating Row Covers:
You can use a porous polyester fabric to cover your crops to create a natural barrier for bugs. A floating row cover can let most of the air and sunlight in but can keep insects out. Pests controlled: Row covers are especially useful against cabbage moths (imported cabbage worms).
2. Sticky Traps:
Sticky traps are very effective against insects. They are coated with a sticky substance for capturing bugs. Some color coated materials can be used to attract a specific type of insect. You can use a trap every 3-5 feet and get amazing results ageist male winged scales, whiteflies, fruit flies, leafhoppers, fungus gnats, and midges.
3. Organic Insect Prevention:
There are ways to discourage insects from coming to your garden and prevent them from damaging your crops. The best way to keep the pests away from your garden is to keep your garden healthy. Here are a few things you can do to improve the health of your garden:
- Build a healthy organic soil: Build a healthy organic soil with compost.
- Pull out weak plants and weed: Weak plants may already be infected. Remove any unhealthy plants and weed from your garden to avoid any insects from wanting to get near them.
- Seaweed Mulch: Seaweed mulch contains trace elements like zinc, iron, barium, calcium, sulfur and magnesium, which promote healthy development in plants.
- Disinfect: Clean your tools, containers, and garden. This promotes the health of your plants and keeps pests at bay.
- Interplant & Rotate Plants: Rotating plants and interpolating will discourage plant specific insects and pests.
- Beneficial Insects: Beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, etc. are effective against harmful pests like leaf eating caterpillars, aphids, mites, whiteflies and scale.
Hope you’ve found these techniques useful. Implement them in your own garden this spring and see the results. If you liked this article, please put down your thoughts in the comment box below. Also, don’t forget to add your own organic pet control method.
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Source: Nourish the Planet