Summer gardening can be rewarding, both in providing beauty and in feeding your family. But there is a downside: garden creepy crawlies! Here are some easy & safe pest control tips for your garden.
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One of the upsides to the Spring and Summer months is all the gardening you can do. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a hobby gardener, there is a method for everyone. But, with the growing of plants and vegetables, there is one downside: garden bug pests.
Yeah, they can wreck havoc on all your hard work if you don’t keep up with them. So here are some safe pest control ideas you can use.
Try A Physical Approach To This Problem
If you are squeamish around bugs and other creepy crawlies, this method may not be the best one for you mentally, but it is very effective. This may be accomplished through picking grubs off by hand, creating barriers and traps and plugging holes. Snails can be found hiding in damp places under rocks and towards the base of those plants with strap-like foliage.
Make sure you use gloves if you use this method, in case your new pest friend secretes off a toxic defense chemical. Try to relocate them to an area where they won’t cause anymore problems. No squishing allowed!
This method is a lot easier task if you are only container gardening. Since you may not have a grand scale of plants to look after, this could be a quick & easy method. It is also a great way to teach kids about different bugs and how to gently relocate them elsewhere.
Consider Using A Biological Form Of Pest Control
Okay, didn’t we just get rid of the pests? True, but biological pest control consists of adding good pests. Encourage predatory insects such as green lacewings and dragonflies to feed on aphids and other pests that attack your plants.
You can do this by placing a shallow bowl of water in the garden. Dragonflies especially will hover around water. Bacterial insecticides such as B. thuringiensis could also be used against caterpillars.
Try Some Homemade Recipes To Ward Of The Pests
Don’t want to go out and use harsh chemicals? Try some of these homemade recipes. Make sure you tell your children that they shouldn’t touch or ingest these safe pest control items.
- Against Green Aphids and Mites – Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap and a cup of vegetable oil. Dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and spray on aphids and mites.
- Against Cockroaches – Dusts of boric acid can be applied to cracks or entry points of these insects. Bay leaves on pantry shelves could also help in warding off these critters.
Make sure that the chemicals you use are made specifically for the insects you are targeting. If you aren’t sure which bugs they are, consider having a pest control specialist come out and identify them. Just don’t let them talk you into purchasing pest control.
Chemical Pest Control Should Be A Last Resort
Organic pest control methods can be successful and the ingredients for many of the recipes can be found in the kitchen cupboards. However, sometimes they are just not enough to ward off the bugs. So you may need to turn to chemical sprays.
If chemical sprays are really necessary, try and find the least-toxic. I am always cautious in recommending using sprays, especially if you have young children and pets. A quick call to your local vet may provide you with a recommendation that may be compatible with your 4-legged family member.
Some of the chemical pest control products include:
- insecticidal soaps
- horticultural oils
- dehydrating dusts
It can be really overwhelming when you are standing in front of a shelf of different chemical pest control products. So, if you have to use these methods, head over to your local garden center to get some suggestions from the experts.
More Ideas For Garden Pest Control
Looking for more ideas for controlling those unwanted garden visitors? Check out these posts for more inspiration.
- How To Get Rid Of Tomato Caterpillars
- Homemade Bug Spray For Plants
- 6 Solutions To Keep Your Garden Free From Insects
- Control Cut Worms Naturally
- Tips For Using Diatomaceous Earth In Gardening
- Gardening For Dummies: Companion Planting(With Printable)
Safe pest control doesn’t have to be an expensive or time-consuming part of your gardening. By planning ahead with ideas, you can have a beautiful and fruitful garden area that will last all Summer long.