3 Organic Ways to Control Insects In Your Garden

Controlling your garden pests is easy with natural pest control. Natural pest controls allow your plants to grow in natural harmony with nature. Even though the insect eats your plants they are a crucial part of the system. When finding insects in your garden, take time to watch what they are doing. Are the insects destroying your plants or just nibbling? Healthy plants can outgrow minor damage. Insects normally attack stressed out plants. Look around the area of the stressed out plants and determine if you have enough healthy ones to spare the sickly ones. Can you restore the sickly plants and bring them back to health so they can resist insect attacks? The best defense against insect attack is to take preventative measures. Follow these preventative measures to control the insects in your garden.

Preventative Measures:

Grow plants best suited to the area you live in and they'll be less stressed out. Do not let your plants become too wet, too dry, or receive too much shade. Plan your garden, so that insects associated with a particular plant won't infest an entire section of your garden. Healthy soil conditions produce healthy plants that are resistant to insects and disease.

Sprays and Powders:

Insecticidal soap is made from sodium or potassium salts and combined with fatty acids. When using the soap spray both sides of the leaves and all crevices. Soap sprays only kill insects that are sprayed directly. Repeat the application every five to seven days to control aphids and hatching whiteflies. Do not spray insecticidal soap around tomatoes and pea plants, the spray will damage the plants. Pay attention to spraying the soap on leafy greens, which tend to pick up a soapy taste.

Bacterial spray known as Bacillus thuringiensis is a stomach poison that releases toxins in the stomachs of insects. This causes the insect to stop eating and starve to death. The product is available in powder form that you dust on the plant. The dust must be eaten by the targeted insect.

Neem spray is made from the seed kernels of the neem tree fruit. Spray it on the plant leaves to upset the insect's hormonal system and prevent it from developing into its mature stage. Neem spray is most effective on immature insects and species that undergo complete metamorphosis.

Horticultural oil is made from refined petroleum oil and mixed with water. Mix in spray bottle and coat both sides of the leaves. The spray coats and suffocates the insects and disrupts their feeding.

Rotenone and Pyrethrum are made from the roots of tropical legumes. Both normally come in powder form that is dusted onto the plants. The powder inhibits the cellular process and deprives the insect of oxygen to their tissue cells.

Animals and Bugs:

Invite different animals and bugs into your garden who then become your best friends for pest control. Birds, ladybugs, and praying mantises control the insects in your garden. Encourage birds into your garden by hanging feeders, birdhouses, and a birdbath.

Ladybugs are sold by the pint, quart, or gallon at most local nurseries. An average sized garden needs less than a quart that contains 25 to 30 thousand ladybugs. The average adult ladybug consumes 40 to 50 aphids each day.

Praying mantises can be purchased at your local nursery in cases. One praying mantis hatches up to 400 young. The praying mantis disappears from the garden rapidly and it is recommended that you purchase 2 or 3 cases to begin with. The praying mantis will eat any insect they can catch.

Inviting frogs and lizards to your garden also controls pests in your garden. The frogs and lizards eat the insects in your garden. Plant small blossom plants like sweet alyssum and dill. The plants attract predatory insects that feed on the flowers' nectar between attacks on insects.

Organic pest control is the preferred approach over chemicals. Create a healthy biodiversity garden so the insects and microbes will control themselves. Using natural products and building healthy soil is the best long term treatment for insects in your garden.


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October 25, 20170 found this helpful

Great article, thank you. I've had my garden for 25 years and never used a chemical. I once bought a bunch of ladybugs. They apparently looked around, didn't find anything, and left. Made me feel good actually. You supply me with a couple things I didn't know. I've copied and pasted it for future reference.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful

I am a firm believer that chemicals are what causes cancer and kills us. Furthermore, I don't like the taste of food when it has been sprayed or chemical fertilizer has been added. You can really taste this in food.

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October 26, 20170 found this helpful

Nice article. You covered a lot of territory. I am not familiar with Horticultural Oil. I will check it out.



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October 29, 20170 found this helpful

Horticultural oil is a fantastic product and works wonders in your yard for controlling bug.

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