Organic Pest Control: Preventative Tips

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Step By Step

  • Step 1: Controlling Crawlers

    Young tender starts are like delectable morsels for earwigs, slugs and other crawling pests.A non invasive and effective way to control the insects is to make periodic tours of your garden and pick off any that are seen. If you know that your plants are being eaten but your not sure by what, take an inventory of your garden at night and you'll discover who's doing the damage.

    Next: Step 2
    Setting up Traps and Bait

  • Step 2: Setting up Traps and Bait

    You can set up traps to catch sow bugs,earwigs and slugs. Slug saloon is mentioned in the video but Friedman's stocks copper barrier tape that keeps slugs and snails out of the garden. You can also make your own trap out of a disposable pie tin partially filled with beer. If your pest problem persists you can put bait directly on the garden. Slugoo plus is one that works great. Another option is Diatomaceous earth. It's made from a ground up fossilized material and it's like walking on broken glass for the critters. Note*- It is not effective when its wet so don't use it where you have overhead sprinklers.

    Next: Step 3
    Beneficial lInsects

  • Step 3: Beneficial lInsects

    Ladybugs, praying mantids and other beneficial insects are helpful at controlling pests in the garden so be sure to have plants that attract them. Praying mantids eat just about every type of pest, so they are a good choice. Hang a nest in your garden so that when they hatch within a few weeks, they will be hungry for harmful pests!

    Next: Step 4
    Flying Insect Control

  • Step 4: Flying Insect Control

    If you can't wait for the beneficial insects to take care of any problems with whiteflies, aphids or thrips, the first line of defense is to simply wash the plant off with water. It might be difficult for beneficial insects to enter your greenhouse so a great alternative are sticky traps. They come in yellow and blue colors to attract different types of harmful pests. Just hang the trap and expose the sticky side.

    Next: Step 5
    Insecticidal Soaps

  • Step 5: Introduction to Organic Insecticides: Insecticidal Soaps

    If you're plants are still being munched, there's a variety of organic sprays that can be used for persistent pests. One of them is Insecticidal Soaps. These are made from potassium fatty acids and they must be in contact in order to kill. They work best on soft-bodied insects like aphids, whiteflies and thrips. They are relatively harmless to beneficial insects like ladybug adults and bumble bees.

    Next: Step 6
    Horticultural Oils

  • Step 6: Horticultural Oils

    Oils smother eggs and larva of pest insects and also control some soft-bodied insects as well as some scales and fungus.

    Next: Step 7
    Bacillus Thuringiensis

  • Step 7: Bacillus Thuringiensis (commonly known as BT)

    A biological control for caterpillars. There is a safe caterpillar killer for home gardens and the DiPel DF for commercial farmers.

    Next: Step 8
    Neem Oils

  • Step 8: Neem Oils

    The Neem tree is in the mahogany family and it's native to India, Pakistan and neighboring countries. They view it as a wonder tree because of the oil you can extract from it. It is a broad spectrum insecticide, miticide and fungicide and should only be used as a last resort because it can kill your beneficial insects. It also acts as a pest repellent so it will keep bugs away from your garden.

    Next: Step 9
    Enjoy Your Organic Pest-Free Garden

  • Step 9: Enjoy Your Organic Pest-Free Garden

    You're now ready to enjoy your organic pest free garden, all materials needed can be found at Friedman's Home Improvement!

    Next: Step 1
    Controlling Crawlers

Tools & Tips

Tools

  • Protective Gear (Gloves etc.)
  • Copper barrier tape
  • Slugoo plus or Diatomaceous earth
  • Beneficial insects such as ladybugs or praying mantids
  • Garden Hose
  • Sticky traps
  • Insecticidal Soap
  • Horticultural Oil
  • Bacillus Thuringiensis (commonly known as BT)
  • Neem Oil (as a last resort)

Tips

Always read the label carefully, follow directions to a tee, wear protective gear and usually spraying less is better. If you have a problem identifying which kind of pests are eating your plants, pest ID cards work great!

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