SIMPLIFYING PEST CONTROL -DIY STYLE!
Many people mistakenly believe that the only way to launch an effective defense against the pest population is through the use of pesticides. This certainly is not true. Unknowingly, the use of pesticides and insecticides can be dangerous to your health and plants as well.
What is required is a bit of online research to discover viable options for getting rid of the most common pests.
Read this article below for some of the best tips on pest control
As the saying goes, prevention is always better than cure, we want to build the first line of defence to prevent insect damage in your garden. So let’s start with some preventions tips first.
Top 3 Prevention Tips
- Weed out any weak or infected plants. Use Seaweed mulch where possible as seaweeds contains trace elements such as zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur, which encourage healthier and sturdier plant growth. Seaweed mulch is known to repel slugs as well.
- Minimize the possibility of insect habitat by clearing your garden area of any debris and weeds. Water your garden in the early morning so that it will be dry by mid-afternoon. A garden too damp is a breeding ground to attract insects and will damage your crops.
- Always clean your garden tools after use especially the gloves and shoes as you do not want to unknowingly spread of unwanted pests to your other parts of your garden.
Organic and Natural DIY Pest Control Remedies
- Mites and Aphids: Mix one tablespoon olive oil and a few drops of mild non-toxic dish soap into a quart of water. Place in a spray bottle and shake well to use.
- Slugs and snails: Dust Diatomaceous Earth over plants and along the edges of your garden. DE will destroy insects, slugs and snails outer shells.
- Mosquitoes: Thai Lemon-Grass is a great mosquito repellent. It contains the natural oil citronella which can be used to repel mosquitoes. Simply, break the stalk, peel away the outer leaves to expose the pulp. Leave it around the garden pouch to help repel mosquitoes.
DIY Recipe: Garlic Pepper Insect Spray
- Blend one garlic bulb, one small onion and add 1 teaspoon of powdered cayenne pepper with 1 quart of water.
- Strain the mixture through cheesecloth and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and mix the solution well. Olive oil will coat larvae and smothers them.
- Spray the mixture on the plant surface and its underneath. Please use gloves when using the mixture and spray away from the face as it can cause skin and eyes irritation. The mixture can be stored up to a week in the fridge.
Watch this Video below on Using Organic Pest Control Measures For Your Garden
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