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Jun

How to Get Rid of Garden Bugs Organically

Taking care of a garden is both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing, because you get to spend lots of time in the open air, you get to take care of living things with your own hands, and you get to see the results from your work and benefit from the fruits. But it’s also a curse, because there are many things you must take care of, and all this can cause you a serious headache. The different pests and bugs, which walk around your garden every day are probably the biggest problem you have on your hands. They usually feed from your plants and destroy them with time. This is why you should do everything possible to limit their access and protect your crops. Otherwise you will face lots of damage to your garden, which could be easily avoided. Here are some useful tips on how to get rid of garden bugs organically, which should help you.

Grasshopper on a fence

Barriers and repellents. By creating a barrier and using repellents in your garden, you can seriously limit the access the bugs will have to your plants. These products and solutions act as an invisible wall, which will prevent crawling insects from entering your vegetables or even home. For instance, when you plant carrots, you can put toilet paper rolls around them, which will limit the access of the cutworms to them. There are also different plants, which can act like a barrier for different bugs. A great example here are spearmint, peppermint and pennyroyal, which deter ants and aphids, if you plant them around your garden. Dipping simmering cedar twigs into a jar of water and then pouring the cold water over the plants will also deter cutworms, as well as corn earworms and some other pests. Snails don’t like lime, ants hate cayenne peppermint, and the slugs seriously avoid iron phosphate, which is a nutritional supplement for us.

Beneficial insects. Unlike weeds, there are some bugs, like the lady beetles and the praying mantises, which are considered beneficial insects, because they kill and feed on the garden bugs you don’t want there. They can be purchased from a specialised store and released in the garden, or you can lure them in by offering food, water and shelter. No matter which way you choose, you will still have to create the right habitat, so they can survive. There are many reasons why it’s good to bring some beneficial bugs into your garden. For once, they are a lot safer and more effective than any chemical solutions. The only difficulty would be to determine what is your pest problem exactly, but I’m sure you can find everything on the Internet nowadays.

Grasshopper on hand

Natural pesticides. There are a few very useful and organic insecticides, which are made from plants which have very strong insecticidal properties. Compared to the chemical ones, the natural pesticides have less toxic effects and break down very quickly in the nature, which makes them perfect for gardening. But even so, they are still poisonous to us, and you shouldn’t use them, unless this is your last option. Some of the most popular natural insecticides are the neem, the pyrethrum, the rotenone, the ryania, and many more. Just make sure you have made the proper research before you take any action.

Soaps and oils. Insecticidal soaps and oils are very effective on sucking soft-bodied insects, like spider mites, whitefly, aphids and many more. They are less effective when it comes to dealing with hard shelled insects, like beetles for instance.

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