How To Control Pests In Your Garden Organically
You don’t always have to use harsh chemicals to keep destructive pests from your garden. There are more efficient, organic, safe, and cost-effective ways that come in handy in doing just that. Of course, the first step to keeping pests away from the garden is by identifying the type of pests you will be dealing with, and how they can be controlled using organic means. Discussed below are a few practical ways to control pests without using any harsh chemicals.
1. Introduce beneficial predators
Introducing beneficial predators to the garden is one of the best ways to help get rid of annoying and destructive pests. Placing a nest box or feeder next to the garden will attract birds that feed on worms and caterpillars. As more and more birds frequent the garden, worms, caterpillars, and other insects will start disappearing. You however shouldn’t use this method if growing crops that can be devoured by these birds.
Ground beetles and beneficial spiders also come quite in handy in getting rid of moth larvae, caterpillars, etc. Ladybugs, predatory wasps, and praying mantis can also help get rid of most insect pests from your garden with lawn insect control services.
2. Use soaps and oils
Mixing soapy water with various essential oil and spraying the contents to affected/infected regions in the garden can also help eradicate insect pests easily. Soap has long been used to kill soft-bodied insects such as psyllids, mealybugs, mites, and aphids. Soap works by dissolving the outer exoskeleton of the insect which exposes the insect’s insides to the harsh weather. The insect dies eventually due drying out of the membranes.
Neem oil, peppermint essential oil, and rose flower essential oil can also be used to control pest infestation in the garden. These oils work by altering the insect/pests hormonal balance causing them to die after some time. It’s advisable to spray these oils directly on the insects or crop plants to repel them as well.
3. Install barriers
If dealing with larger pests such as deer, woodchucks, raccoons and climbing animals, installing a tall-enough barrier should help keep them at bay. Mesh fence is recommended to keep animals and birds from the garden. Another clever way to deal with mammals is by spraying your veggies and other plants with soapy water missed with hot sauce. The animals won’t like the ‘hot’ taste of the leaves or plants, hence walk off. You should however respray the contents after rains to ensure the animals don’t come back to try it out.
Other ways to control pests in the garden including planting napier grass and/or onions around the garden. Onions produce a pungent smell that repels off most insect pests. Napier grass, on the other hand, is a favorite for many insect and animal pests. Most of these will prefer attacking the grass instead of your valuable crop.
These are just but a few methods about to keep your garden pest free. Adopting organic ways of controlling pests also means you get to harvest healthy and more nutritious fruits and veggies. This is particularly important for anyone looking for healthy, safe food options.