Putting a stop to the damage caused by garden pests and insects can be done either chemically or organically. Nowadays, most people are leaning towards the organic method because of its environmental benefits. Using an organic method may also ensure that the quality of crops or fruits are not affected in any way.
There are three factors that gardeners have to take into consideration when determining the best way to achieve pest control in their gardens.
Aphids are probably one of the most challenging types of pests to get rid of due to their incredibly tiny size. They are so small that you hardly notice them until it is too late and damage has been done to your plants.
Now that you do notice them, it is still difficult to get rid of aphids because they can be good at hiding when they want to. Also there is the fact that they can fly, which means knocking
Method #1: Use a garden hose to spray aphids off your plants. Make sure that the pressure and strength of your water is set high enough to knock them completely away but low enough so as not to have your plants damaged.
If you find any infected plants, make sure that you point your hose’s nozzle upwards, starting from the bottom of the plants. When aphids find a particular plant to feed on, they can cause damage to all levels of the plants.
Method #2: Look for bugs that prey on aphids. These can be lacewings and ladybugs but there are other insects that also eat bugs. Just check your local guide to find out which bug-eating insects are easiest to find in your area.
Method #3: Soap may good for the human body but it has the opposite effect on aphids. If you have only a few infested plants in your garden, you can spray them with a mixture of soap and water using a spray bottle. Spray enough of this solution and aphids will die quickly enough. An alternative to soap and water would be a spray that has potassium salts in it. Just make sure that the spray is labelled as organic.
Method #4: If only a few parts of certain plants in your garden have been damaged by aphids, you can physically remove those parts and wrap them inside eco-friendly waste bags to keep the aphids inside and prevent the rest of your garden from being damaged. Make sure that you dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way.
If you decide that using live controls is the most effective and efficient way to achieve organic pest control in your garden, you should be glad to know that they also prey on other garden pests and insects like mites, cabbageworms, geranium budworms, corn earworms, mealybugs, and loopers.
Remember that your friendly bugs will leave your garden when there are no longer bugs to feed on. If you would like them to stay a little while longer for continuous organic pest control, you should spray your plants with a wheast pray. Look in particular for wheast that has been enriched with protein. This can serve as their replacement feed while no pests are causing damage to your garden.
One of your last options for organic pest control in your garden is by removing them by hand. Just make sure that your hands are properly protected with plastic wraps or gloves.
Intelligent application of insect pest control methods is more likely if you know the damage typical of the particular pest and what the particular pest looks like and how it behaves in each stage of its life cycle.
Whilst we will not discuss the actual removal or control methods here, we always recommend using a natural, organic solution rather than chemicals, wherever possible.
When you do use insecticides take care to study the label and follow the precautionary advice. This will help you to avoid disappointing results and so safeguard your own health from dangers that arise in using particular materials.
Appreciate also that although direct attack on pests with chemical sprays or dusts often yields the most satisfactory control, the infestation might have been avoided by earlier attention to other matters - the selection of plant varieties more suitable to the situation, crop sanitation, crop rotation, strategic planting in terms of time of the year, distance from known sources of infestation. and other preventive steps.
There are many types of garden pests and insects that can cause slight to heavy damage to your garden. As such, knowing what these threats are as well as knowing how best to eliminate them is an essential part of gardening, and a lesson that you definitely should not skip.
These can be anything from bacteria to pathogenic nematodes to fungi. These microscopic creatures are more popularly referred to as pathogens and cause huge damage when you are just starting out with your garden. They have the greatest (negative) impact on the health of your soil. But if you already have an existing and thriving garden, then they will do little harm.
There are many kinds of snails and slugs but the garden varieties prefer to munch on anything it can find worth munching in your garden. Worse, they tend to do it when you are not looking or sleeping at night. Thankfully, they are notorious for their lack of speed, which means you can easily catch them in the act of wreaking havoc in your garden after dark. Of course, there are also other ways of getting rid of them without having to skulk in the dark.
Keep in mind as well that not all slugs and snails are bad. There are some that can even help your plants grow stronger and better. You just have to learn how to identify which is which.
Lastly, there are mammals. These can be anything from stray cats or dogs that trample on your garden to smaller ones that like to burrow in your garden plots.
There are many ways for you to protect your garden from pests and insects. Some, however, are more effective against certain types of threats.
There are a number of insect species and pests that thrive on feeding on weak and sick plants. Obviously, the easiest way to get rid of them is to keep your plants healthy. That means giving them all the water, sunlight, and food they need.
It also requires proper planting location in your area and making sure that your soil is well fed and sufficiently moist at all times. Always check the pH level of your soil and modify when needed. Add compost or fertilizer as well if necessary.
After the first season of growth, take the time to play around with your gardening layout. Garden pests and insects are pretty smart, tending to memorize where they first found food in your garden to prey on. But if you change the location of your plants from time to time, pests and insects would have a harder time looking for it. By the time they do, it might already be too late as they could die from prolonged exposure to pesticides or roaming predators could have already caught them.
Garden pests and insects often serve as food to other types of animals. Those will serve as your helpful companions in getting rid of the bane of your garden. Bats, for instance, are capable of eliminating over a thousand insects each night. That number can easily go up with a bat house.
Birds - especially when you have birdhouses - are also good at killing off different types of insects. If you install a birdbath, you will have more of them helping you out and making your garden prettier and livelier at the same time.
Snakes - Obviously, it is hard to get a hold of garden snakes when you are living in the city. But if you are in the country or in a farm, garden snakes are exceptionally good at killing almost all kinds of rodents and insects.
Toads - They are, admittedly, not exactly the most quiet bunch of creatures to have in your garden but if it means having a completely organic way of killing garden pests and insects then surely it is worth listening to them croak once in a while. Who knows? You could be start thinking of their croaking as music in time.