Justas times have changed so has the approach been to pest control. Now, one can pick a pest and find a natural control also for it. Normal pest control is less pricey and it is also safe for the garden and for the family. Research has shown that people in North America used one hundred and thirty six million pounds on insecticides in their lawns and gardens and homes.
To prevent the use of pest control items the first thing to do is to deject them from coming into the garden. For this a healthy garden is the answer. The following steps need to be taken.
- Remove all weak plants as they are already infected and can also invite other predators. Pull and throw them far away from the garden.
- It is necessary to build natural healthy organic soil so as to provide thick natural growth.
- It is advisable to clear the garden free of debris thus minimizing insect habitat for breeding purposes.
- Pests are seen to be plant specific. In such cases it is best to rotate the crop which means changing the plants so as to avoid infestation.
- It is necessary to water the plants earlier in the day so that the garden is dry for most of the day. A wet garden definitely attracts insects.
Non Toxic and homemade remedies:
There are many homemade remedies that can be used as pest control. They usually use non toxic products such as garlic for example which can be blended with water and later sprayed on the plants. Some of the remedies are as follows
- For removing mites mix two tablespoons of hot pepper sauce with a few drops of ivory soap in water. Put in a spray bottle and spray.
- For slugs, earwigs and soft bodied pests sprinkle diatomaceous earth over the plants. The particles of the earth are very small and sharp and are harmful to the exoskeleton system of the soft bodied pests. It is important to remember that it is a mechanical killer and not a chemical one.
- Powdery mildew is mostly found on plants and the best cure is to mix equal parts of water and milk and spray.
Warm weather always brings bugs. One can handle a few ants or silverfish but when they come in droves one reaches out for the spray. This approach is quite harmful to the family as it is considered quite high handed. Some pesticides can increase thyroid and liver cancer, damage male reproductive organs and reduce the chances of fertility.
Ants can find their way to any form of food and so it is very important to cover their invisible trail with vinegar, eucalyptus, peppermint and clove oil. For cupboards powder cinnamon, pepper or paprika can be used to cover the trail.
It is very important to keep pesticides away from infants and children as their internal organs are still developing and hence they are very sensitive to such exposure. So it is always better to play safe at home and in the garden.