You have to choices to remedy this situation. One is to use pesticides, and the other is the use of natural, organic methods. We have discovered several pest control methods that actually work and are safe to use.
Soil covers can be quite effective in areas where the climate fluctuates and pests are wide spread. Soil covers are made of a porous polyester material that is generally white in color. This covering will protect your garden from insects while allowing more than 80 percent of the light through for cultivation.
You can purchase this material in various thicknesses and sizes. In summer, the thinner material allows your garden to breath while keeping destructive pests out. In winter, the heavier weight material keeps pests out of your garden while holding in heat – this is great for areas where winter temperatures can also damage your garden.
One of the senses, for animals and humans alike, is smell. In the world of organic pest control science has reproduced the scent called pheromones. Pheromone is a chemical produced to heighten the sexual awareness of the opposite sex. So you might ask, what does this have to do with pest control?
In organic pest control, pheromones are used lure pests into traps through their senses. These unsuspecting victims are tricked into thinking a willing mate is at the other end of the smell, but the end result is anything but happy. That is for the pest, not the garden owner.
Traps are only effective when there are a limited number of pests to get rid of. In these cases the pheromone traps are effective for identifying the initial stage of an infestation. Knowing the type of pest that is attracted to your garden gives you a jump on the problem.
Organic Insect Spray
The more common name for this type of spray is “insecticidal soap spray.” Some people have mistaken insecticidal soap spray with herbicidal soap and sprayed their plants with it. This is a fatal mistake because herbicidal soap kills plants.
The organic soap spray is made from animal fats. These fats get under the skin of the insect and kill it. The one thing you must do before spraying your plants is to test a few leaves. In rare cases this spray will burn vegetation. Spray a few leaves and wait a few days to see the reaction. Once you’ve determined your plants are safe, then spray your garden when pests are present.
Homemade Organic Oil Spray
It doesn’t have to be expensive to work. This is the theme for this organic pest control method.
To make this spray you’ll need a quart of water, a couple of drops of ivory soap, a tablespoon of canola oil, and a spray bottle. Just mix all the ingredients mentioned and put it in the spray bottle. Once the mixture is prepared, find the pesky pests and give them a shot of oil. The oil itself will accumulate and smother the pests. The effectiveness of this oil is greatly diminished when allowed to dry.
Organic Botanical Compounds
Botanical compounds can be made from plants that contain elements that naturally repel pests. The pyrethrum provides elements that you can use to make an organic compound that will control a wide variety of flying insects.
All the above methods have been proven effective in controlling pests that are harmful to your garden. Even though we are dealing with natural compounds, they can still kill beneficial insects. Try to isolate your spraying to small areas where pests are doing the most damage.
About the author:
Chris is a blogger for Excel Pest Control a NJ based pest control company.