Solve Pest Problems Naturally
Pesticides don’t solve pest problems.
Roundup, also known as Glyphosate, damages genes and causes birth defects, and it is the most widely used herbicide in the United States.
Americans use more than a billion pounds of pesticides each year in homes, businesses, schools, parks, hospitals and public places. Pesticides are dangerous to pets, fish and birds, and are hazardous to humans.
90 percent of our nation’s urban streams are contaminated with pesticides.
Instead, solve your problems naturally without chemical pesticides. Here are widely-used alternatives to harmful chemical pesticides.
Handpicking: This method can be time-consuming but is unbeatable. Wear gloves to remove visible insect and weed pests.
Barriers, traps, netting, sticky board: Barriers and traps can capture pests in your gardens. Netting, such as cheese cloth, can be places over the bed, protecting seedlings from chewing insects, preventing flying insects from laying eggs, and will keep animals away. Bury a tin can in your garden so the lip of the can is flush with the soil surface. Bugs will fall into the can and will be unable to get out. A piece of yellow board or thick paper, coated with a sticky substance will attract and intercept small flying insects.
Companion planting: Strategically place insect-repelling plants next to crops that will benefit from the natural properties of the plant. For example, planting garlic among vegetables will fend off Japanese beetles, aphids, and spider mites.
Crop rotation: Plant different kinds of vegetables in each different section of your garden plot each year. Insects lay their eggs in the soil a couple of inches below the surface in the fall, and when the eggs hatch in the spring, they immediately begin the search for their food source. If the plant they prefer to eat is located several feet or yards away, the insect must migrate to the source. Many of the insects will die along the way or fall prey to birds and other insects.
Ladybugs: Release ladybugs into your garden. They are a natural pest control and are great for organic gardening. They eat destructive pests in your garden, such as aphids. Learn how to release ladybugs into your garden here.
It is important to remember that not all insects in the garden are considered “pests.” Some insects feed on harmful insects, It is important to learn how to
identify garden insects and determine whether or not they are harmful or beneficial. Garden books will provide illustrations and how to promote the population of beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, bees, dragonflies, and predacious mites, thrips, wasps and spiders.