Organic Garden Pest Control

Organic Garden Pest Control

People who like to garden will at some point face a pest problem. There are several different ways to control pests. Spraying the plants with insecticides is one solution. The problem with this method is that it is far from being an organic solution. There are safer organic solutions available today. The following part of the article will discuss those methods. Not only is organic pest control a healthier alternative, it is also much better for the environment. The reason why it is called organic pest control is because it is done naturally to harmonize with nature.

One of the basic things to keep in mind is that just about every pest will have a natural predator in nature, usually another insect. An example of that is the lady bug and praying mantis. Lady bugs will devour aphids, which in turn like to devour your garden. Anything larger than the aphid, the praying mantis will take care of. Large pests such as moles and mice can be captured using traps. Anything larger than that, such as skunks, it is better to get professional help. They will capture and transfer them to place where they will not cause any harm.

If you need a more immediate solution to the problem then there are other ways to do it. This involves using non-chemical based pesticides made from common house hold items. One of the most popular ones is the garlic spray. This is made by mixing 3 or 4 cloves of garlic, some hot chili peppers such as cayenne pepper, and 2 tea spoons of vegetable oil. Put all of these in a blender and strain it after blending. Afterwards add one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid soap and a quart of water. Mix all of these once again and put it in a sprayer and you are good to go.

Another organic pesticide which is quite popular is a tobacco based solution. If you are able to get your hands on some tobacco, soak it in some water for roughly one day. Afterwards strain it and add a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid soap. This solution can be put in a sprayer to dispense it properly. The main thing to keep in mind when using these types of pesticides is that, too much should not be sprayed on the plant as it may damage it. If you live in an area where there is frequent rain, then it is best to spray it after rainfall, for obvious reasons.

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