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Simple Organic Fixes To Control Garden Pests

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There are literally thousands even millions of insects on planet earth, but somehow when it comes to tending to our garden, we all seem to end up with very similar bug problems. Of course, this is a good thing, because it means, existing research, knowledge and pest control techniques and treatments can be used to get rid of these pests and improve the health and appearance of your garden.

The aspect to keep in view here is that not all garden bugs are harmful; by learning to effectively identify some of these common bugs, you would be able to spot the early appearance of pests before they actually turn into severe infestations. You can then quit worrying about these bugs and cultivate your garden in a healthier fashion.


The pests

Here is a quick guide to some common garden pests:

Aphids

These tiny pests if left uncontrolled can become quite vicious and will attack a number of vegetables and plants growing in your garden.

Beetles

These creatures have a hard exoskeleton which has two distinct sections; you may find smaller flea beetles, giant Japanese beetles as well as flea beetles, bean beetles and cucumber beetles etc. in your garden.

Worms

Most people are aware that earthworms are beneficial for your garden; however, there are a number of other worms that can cause a lot of damage to your plants, such as army worms, cabbage worms as well as hornworms.

Borers

Avid gardeners dread these pests and borers can easily damage an entire garden within the shortest time; the unfortunate part is that they are extremely tiny and it can become quite difficult to spot them.

Leaf-eaters

Slugs and leaf miners can easily take down a well-grown garden and cause a lot of damage to leafy greens.

Mites

These creatures tend to feed on plants such as rosemary, hardy sage and easy-growing beans.


The helpers

In the list above we have specifically mentioned the harmful pests; but there are a number of pests that are beneficial to your garden as well, such as:

Ladybugs and lacewings

These are at the top of this list, and they prey on aphids and some smaller pests.

Praying mantis & spiders

These may feed on bigger garden bugs.

Nematodes

They can be helpful in controlling squash bugs as well as other borers.

Parasitic wasps

These lay eggs on hornworms and the larvae feed on the worms; very soon the latter will just perish.


Organic pest control solutions

#1 Prevention

This is one of the most important aspects of organic garden pest control and some of the preventive steps you can take include:

  • Crop rotation
  • Clear out the beds
  • Plant a cover crop during the colder months
  • You can use row covers before the onset of winter, but make sure that no bugs have sneaked underneath
  • Keep mulch off of the plant stems
  • Keep vines from growing along the ground

#2 Encourage predators

  • Plant fragrant herbs such as cilantro and dill along the edges of your garden to attract the beneficial bugs.
  • Grow flowers like tansy bring in ladybugs and lacewing that prey on aphids.
  • If you have noticed a pest infestation in your garden, you can buy nematodes and ladybugs from a nursery to feed on the pests.
  • In addition, you can set sticky traps or even pick the pests off undersides of the leaves and sunk them in soapy water.
  • Use a soapy-water spray on the plants as this can suffocate bugs as well as control small populations. The organic spray treatments can contain pungent essential oils, soap and other oils such as peppermint/cedar essential oils. You can also use diatomaceous earth and this is a very effective organic treatment for garden bugs.

If you find that the garden pest infestation on your property is very severe, call Emblem Pest Services at this number – 1800 244 778. We provide high-grade, residential and commercial pest control services across Sydney, at very competitive pricing.

Thanks for reading,
Emblem Pest Services
1800 244 778

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