Pest Control Safety Tips for Your Garden

Pest control must be done with the utmost consideration to safety; Security regarding plants, animals, and humans. This is especially true for those with organic vegetables and orchards.

The main purpose of growing vegetables organically will be defeated if they are contaminated with chemicals for pest control.

Here are some long-term maintenance tips to make pest control less harmful and more environmentally friendly.

1. Use the physical process of pest control.

This can be achieved by manually removing the larvae, creating barriers and traps and plugging the holes. Snails can be found hiding in damp places under the rocks and towards the base of those plants with stripe-shaped foliage.

2. Apply biological control of pests.

Encourage predatory insects, such as green wings and dragonflies, to feed on aphids and other pests that attack their plants. You can do this by placing a bowl of shallow water in the garden. Dragonflies will especially float around water. Bacterial insecticides such as Bacillus thuringiensis against caterpillars can also be used.

3. Only as a last resort should we resort to chemical pest control.

Organic methods of pest control can be successful and the ingredients of many of the recipes can be found in kitchen cabinets. If chemical sprays are really necessary, try to find the least toxic. These include insecticidal soaps, horticultural oils, dehydrating powder, etc.

4. Consider the use of safer substitutes for pest control.

Recipes for alternative pest control include the following:

Against green aphids and mites: mix 1 tablespoon of liquid soap and one cup of vegetable oil. Dilute a teaspoon of this solution in a cup of water and sprinkle on aphids and mites.

Against cockroaches: Boric acid powder can be applied to cracks or entry points of these insects. The bay leaves on the shelves of the pantry could also help protect against these bugs.

Make sure the chemicals you use are made specifically for the insects you are targeting.

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