Pest Control for Your Garden

159291849.jpgMany gardeners turn to pesticides in order to rid their gardens of harmful pests. However, most times such damaging and sometimes toxic measures aren’t necessary. Prevention, traps and barriers, and homemade remedies can often be all the control you need for your garden.

Prevention

One of the most important components to pest control is prevention. Get rid of any weak plants, as they can be a breeding ground for predators. Also clear out any weeds or debris. Use natural composting to strengthen your plants, as well as top-dressing and mulching. Use seaweed mulch or spray, which repels slugs as well as providing important nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium. Rotate your crops every year, as many pests are crop-specific. Keep your foliage dry by watering early in the day. Clean your tools if they’ve been used on infected plants, in order to minimize contamination.

Homemade Remedies

These home remedies are specific to the type of pest you encounter in your garden.

  • Soft-bodied insects: Combine one tablespoon canola oil, one quart of water and a few drops of Ivory soap, and fill spray bottle. Shake well, and spray plant from above and below.
  • Mites and other insects: In a quart of water, mix two tablespoons of cayenne pepper or hot pepper sauce, and a few drops of Ivory soap. Let stand overnight and then use a spray bottle to apply to plants.
  • Grubs: Use milky spore—natural granules spread on soil. One application can last 40 years, as it naturally multiplies.
  • Earwigs: Use diatomaceous earth by sprinkling it over plants and around garden bed edges.
  • Fungal diseases: Take two tablespoons of baking soda and one quart of water, pour into spray bottle and spray affected area every few days as needed.
  • Insects and fungal diseases: In a quart of water, mix one tablespoon cooking oil, two tablespoons baking soda, as well as a few drops of Ivory soap. Pour into spray bottle and apply three treatments, one week apart.
  • Powdery mildew: Combine equal parts water and milk and spray three treatments on infected plants, one week apart.
  • Insects on fruit trees: Use lime sulfur and dormant oil, which you can purchase from nurseries and garden centers. Apply with pump sprayer. To make your own dormant oil, combine one cup vegetable oil and two tablespoons of liquid soap into one gallon of water.

Traps and Barriers

Traps and barriers can also be used to keep pests away. These include yellow flypaper, pheromones, apple maggot traps, cloche, floating row covers, and barrier paper.

Please follow our blog for all future posts about gardening.

Advertisements

Put A Stop To The Home Invasion Of Pests

137566749Pests are something that you will likely have to deal with from time to time. If you have stumbled across an infestation of some sort, you will need to learn how to eliminate them. Continue reading to get some great tips on how to get rid of the pests that have made your house their home.

Don’t wait for a pest control problem to become an infestation; call a professional or take action on your own immediately. You might think that just because you’ve only seen one or two or that you don’t see them often there isn’t a big problem. Do something fast or you can expect big problems later.

If you want to get rid of the ants around your house, sprinkle some borax powder near your home. This will help to poison the ants so that they are stopped in their tracks and cannot come back. This will help to temporarily eliminate the ant problem during certain seasons of the year.

Keep your home as clean as possible. Even though this will not keep pests away, you at least will not be giving them an incentive to stick around. Many pests can smell food from a good distance away. If you want to do whatever you can to reduce your pest problem you should be diligent in keeping your house tidy.

Always start at the beginning. Try to keep the pest from eating, and you can starve it out. Pests are attracted to food, water, and shelter. Make sure you search for food scraps lying around, any water leaks in your plumbing, and openings in your home.

Now that you are equipped with some valuable information regarding eliminating pests from the home, you are ready to go to war. Start using the tips learned here and soon you will have your healthy, happy home back once again. Bookmark these tips so you can have them handy if the pests should return.