We have lots of unnatural ways of getting rid of insects, but what about natural ways that work with the planet instead of against the planet with toxic chemicals that kill people, our animals, our vast oceans, and Gaia in general. Here are a few simple ways of keeping pests under control.
Neem Oil – The neem tree has so many great health benefits and neem oil is also a great natural insecticide, fungicide, and miticide that works great to keep pests from harming plants. Neem oil can be found at any good garden center or on-line. Just use a garden hose sprayer and dilute according to directions on the package. Spray the plants you want to protect, but if it rains it will have to be reapplied. Remember anything that kills the bad insects will also kill the good ones.
Diatomaceous Earth – Diatomaceous Earth has been around for years as a good insecticide. Just spread it around and the tiny little skeletons of dead sea animals get trapped into the breathing apparatus of insects and pokes holds in their exoskeletons… thus they die. Simple and effective for some types of garden pests.
Good Bugs – Lady Bugs, Praying Mantis, Lace Wings, Hover-flies, and a few others insects eat garden pests. They can be bought in small or large quantities (At any good garden center or on-line) and spread around the garden to kill insects that are eating plants. Works like a charm…but they have to be bought a couple times a year to keep pests under control.
Develop Healthy Composted Soil – The healthier the soil the healthier the plants will be and the less likely to come down with insects. Weak plants are lightening rods to insects, but very health plants in great soil don’t seem to attract insects. Make a compost pile and start building healthy soil to create insect resistant plants.
Nematodes – Nematodes are very small worm like creatures that eat beetle larva, cutworms, and other insects. They grow in good soils and the eggs are sold by the millions to spray on soils and thus keep away pests. Check your garden center and on-line for nematode eggs for sale.
Floating Row Covers – There are nettings that keep out pests… called floating row covers. The netting is like mosquito netting and lets in light and water but keeps out bugs. It does not hold in heat, but there are others that do hold in heat so make sure to get the right one. The netting is light and does not pull plants down, thus protecting them but not causing problems. This material can be found on-line on Amazon and other places… and at retailers.
Hot Pepper Spray – Take a quart of water and add one teaspoon of liquid detergent. Then take tablespoon of hot pepper flakes and soak them in one cup of hot water for 1 hour and then pour through a strainer. Then add the cup of pepper water to the quart of water and spray on plants that have pests. Keep this spray away from children and don’t use on windy days. For a stronger mixture add garlic and onions.
Veggie Oil Spray – This is a good old standby spray for garden pests. Take one teaspoon of liquid detergent and add a quart of water and one cup of organic vegetable oil. Shake well and spray on plants to get rid of aphids, mites, and white flies… works very well.
Pyrethrins – Make your own natural pyrethrin insecticide by planting chrysanthemums. Chrysanthemums contain the natural insecticide pyrethrin which breaks down quickly. Plant your chrysanthemums, dry them, crush them into a fine powder and spray the powder on plants to kill pests. This powder can also be added to the veggie oil spray above to spray as a liquid.
Tobacco Spray – Use organic tobacco and soak one cup of tobacco in one gallon of water for 2 days. The water will turn a nice rich brown color, this means it’s ready. Strain the mixture and spray the brown water on plants to kill aphids, caterpillars, and other worms. Remember this will kill good insects too… so use it sparingly.
Beneficial Plants – Planting marigolds and chrysanthemums around the garden will attract good insects and keep away bad insects. Growing garlic with other veggies keeps away aphids, weevils, mites, and beetles. Planting basil with tomato plants keeps away worms, and planting marigolds around cucumbers and squash keeps away worms and beetles. This is the way to go, work with the environment and make life better for the planet in general.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are lots of ways to get rid of pests and help the planet. Do some research and find out more… the planet will thank all of us.
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist
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