Other Safe Products for Insect Control

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This article will teach you how to organically control insects in your garden or landscape.
by Brett · All Zones · Insects · 0 Comments · June 29, 2010 · 11,830 views

Other Safe Products For Insect Control In The Garden

Even though some of these products are listed as "safe," keep in mind that any substance that kills harmful insects might also kill beneficial insects. For this reason, to determine whether or not an insect is a threat the plants in your garden, I always advise identification of the insect before spraying. Then, when spraying, I always advise the spot treatment method rather than indiscriminately spraying every plant in the yard.

Insecticidal Soaps and Sprays - These remedies work to safely repel many insects and are available at your local nursery and garden center.

Neem Oil - Neem oil work to repel or kill insects and also kills many types of fungus and disease.

Milky Spore - For lawn or garden grubs, there is a natural remedy called milky spore. The granules are spread on the soil and cause the grubs to contract a disease that kills them. This natural control affects only the grubs, leaving the beneficial organisms unharmed. Milky spore multiplies over time and will sit inactive, waiting for grubs to infect. One treatment is said to last 40 years. The grubs in your garden soil are actually the larvae of Japanese beetles. So, when you kill the grubs you kill the beetle.

Diatomateuos Earth - To control earwigs, slugs and other soft-bodied insects, sprinkle diatomaceuos earth over plants and around edges of garden beds. The diatoms particles are very small and sharp - but only harmful to the small exoskeletons of insects, slugs and snails. Insects cannot become immune to its action, as it is a mechanical killer - not a chemical one.

Yellow Flypaper - Old-fashioned fly-paper is very effective in the garden for aphids and whiteflies. In fact, any board or heavy paper painted yellow and coated with a sticky substance such as tanglefoot (available at garden centers) will do the job.

Pheremones - Great for Japanese beetles! These biological mating scents attract insects to a trap which is coated with a sticky substance. Pheremone traps are effective, but remember they are "attracting" the insects - be sure to position them on your garden perimeter or you'll attract outside pests into your garden!

Floating Row Covers - Floating row covers consist of lightweight opaque material which is draped over the garden bed. Sunlight and water go through, but insects and birds are kept out. The material is so light that the growing plants simply push it up as they grow - like Jiffy Pop popcorn. The edges of the row cover need to be anchored with rocks or boards or the wind will lift it. The material is "spun" which resists tearing, but usually begins to break down after a few years. Row cover material comes in rolls so you can make a continuous cover no matter how long the garden bed. Row covers are great for protecting seedlings. They are even more useful throughout the growing season when placed over vegetables such as carrots, beets, broccoli, swiss chard and spinach because it makes an effective barrier against flying insects looking for these plants to lay their eggs on.

Barrier Paper - Scraps of waxed cardboard from milk cartons, or a scrap of roofing felt are a simple yet effective defence against cabbage moths. Cabbage moth larva kill young sprouts of broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale and cauliflower. Cut the waxed cardboard or roofing felt into 2" squares and slit one side into the center; make another small slit crossways. Open the slit and slide the square so the seedling stem is in the center. This prevents the cabbage moth from laying eggs at the base of the sprouts. Leave in place and as the plant grows it will simply push the slit open wider. Be sure to apply as soon as the sprout appears, or the moth will beat you to it!


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