Organic Pest Control: The Man Made Materials

As talked about in the previous post, there is a whole world of organic solutions to pest control, of course we are talking about specific garden variety pests, nonetheless there are a lot options. Yes, pesticides, powders and sprays are among the organic solutions, and usually people become nicely attached to these non-toxic mixtures.  Sometimes we can’t eradicate every pest and egg with the use of sprays or powders, instead we need to resort to some more stealthy options, more calculated and creative.

Lets look at some ways that organic pest control can be used through materials, you’ll be very interested in how they work. It may also leave you wondering who on this earth came up with such designs, but you will be thankful they did.

Floating Row Covers

-Well this one is very common and many people already know how this works.  You most likely see them draped around large crop areas, as farmers readily use this material.

– If you haven’t clicked on what exactly a floating row cover is, then it’s simply a mesh type material, that you can buy in large, very large lengths. It has holes for breathing, it’s white usually, and it allows light to get to the plants. Additionally it allows for you to water without hassle.

-It can come in different weights, to ensure it is suited to the climate and area.

-You can also get plastic row covers, which are obviously hardier, but need to be watched more carefully, as they can collect heat.

-Sometimes people can find themselves tangled in row covers if they attempt to place them down on a breezy day, it’s more a a two person job. If its only a small surface area then you can manage it yourself, but it still is somewhat tricky. In order to keep row covers in place you need a weight to hold it down on all sides, this is so it doesn’t blow away, or allow small insects through.

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Pheromone Traps

– Phermone traps are quite impressive creations, using sex attraction against the bug species. Pheromone is a scent that bugs let off in order to attract the opposite sex for mating, but scientists have been able to replicate this smell, and use it against the poor bugs.

-Mostly adult males are attracted to the scent, which in some instances doesn’t do much if you are having a wide scale insect problem. Instead these sort of traps are best used in enclosed or small spaces, as it won’t help much for large scale eradication.

-Successfully used in cases of the gypsy moth

-It is very sensitive to all pests, so you may get some extra unwanted pests caught up in the traps.

-There are specific lures for each pest kind, not all are available, scientists keep working on collecting the pheromones.

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 Sticky Traps

-As the name suggests, these traps are based on using stickiness to catch the nasty pests. Who would have thought pest control could be so easy? There’s heaps of sticky products that can used to create a sticky trap, and with this you can very creative.

-You can also buy sticky traps pre- packaged, for those who don’t find pest control that exciting.

-It also plays on the attraction certain bugs have to colour, each species being attracted to different colour pigments. Blue sticky traps can attract thrips or leaf miners. Or bright yellow colours can attract aphids, moths, leaf hoppers.

-In order to get them effectively working you will need them hanging very close to plants, if not on the plants themselves.

-They won’t look pretty once they start working, like bug zappers, they get stuck all over the surface, and it’s quite visually disgusting. If they work, then it’s likely you won’t care too much about that.

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Those are some of the man made traps and solutions to the organic world of pest control, of course, you may still be wary.