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.

 

Organic Pest Control: The Sprays,Powders, Pesticides

When we think of pest control we often go straight for the toxic solutions, not because we are evil, but because we believe this will be most effective. Despite some pest control methods posing threat to the environment, if handled by professionals, or high precaution, then things work out. However there are still questions raised about all different types of pest control, and the debate will continue on. If you’re concerned about the pests who are harvesting on your garden, and really want to try DIY organic solutions, there is no reason not to, it’s best to exhaust all methods possible. No one wants to be left looking at a garden they may have ruined themselves through pest control, but if you look at benefits that may come or organic options then why not have a go?

Organic pest control has many avenues, as people have studied long and hard on this issue, but lets just focus on the sprays, powders and pesticides. There are plenty of options when it comes to looking after your garden with organic products and here are some of them.

Diactomaceous Earth

-Diactomaceous is powder type substance that is created from fossilized water plants, diatoms. It has been around and about since the dinosaurs were on the earth, a part of the earths complex ecology.

-It is a mineral compound, and so a mineral based pesticide.

-To humans it is merely dust, so has harmful effects on us. However it is dust, and you probably shouldn’t inhale too much of it, because any sort of dust inhaled isn’t great.

-Insects however cope the full weight of the sharp edged dust, once a bug gets near it, it breaks down the outside layer of the insect, causing it to dehydrate and die. Usually this doesn’t take very long, about two days.

-It can be used in the control of adult flea beetles, thrips, mites,  cockroach, slugs, snails,carrot root flies, fleas, pillbugs, ticks. And more. 

 
 

Garlic Insecticide and Fungicide

-Garlic to most people is the best part of many meals, however it is quite the popular ingredient in organic pesticides (and fungicide)

– Lucky for us this pesticide is quite easy to make at home, it’s cost effective and clean. You can also easily buy bottles of this, so it can be even less effort.

-It repels most insects from getting into your garden and eating you beloved flowers. However it also repels some animal pests, which is an added bonus.

Bug Shooter (Lemon Based)

 

 -With such a quirky name you’d love to imagine what sort of mysterious compounds make up this natural insecticide.  However it’s base ingredient is in fact lemon oil, and you thought lemons were only for lemonade!

-Safe for indoor and outdoor use

-It is designed so that bugs or insects are killed almost instantly, so you have to make sure to spray them when you see them, and look carefully.

-Kills crawling and flying insects : Earwigs Flea beetles, Mealybugs, Mites, Rose chafers, Japanese beetles, Leafhoppers etc.

 

You could go on forever describing the organic pesticides on the market at the moment, and many you can make yourself. However this gives you an idea of what to look for if you want to go at the pests alone.