Organic Pest Control 

organic pest controlOrganic pest control entails prevention, identification of attacking pests and applying natural control methods. Every organic gardener should work towards maintain the organic garden feel despite experiencing any form of pest attack. But, knowing the right organic pest control measures to apply and how to apply them if often challenging for beginner organic gardeners. Here is a guideline about the right natural pest remedies and prevention techniques. Floating row covers

Floating row covers

This is a translucent, porous and white polyester fabric that works by preventing insects from getting to your plants. The fabric lets in a good amount of light and is available as lightweight or heavyweight type. Lightweight floating row covers are used to protect crops against pests during summer while they heavyweight row covers are used during winter and season extending because they retain more warmth. You simply cover your crops with the row covers and secure that edges with U-shaped pins, rocks, bricks, boards or soil. They are ideal for protecting plants during their critical growth stages. Floating row covers are effective at preventing aphids, cabbage moths, tomato hornworms, bean beetles and squash bugs among others.

This is a translucent, porous and white polyester fabric that works by preventing insects from getting to your plants. The fabric lets in a good amount of light and is available as lightweight or heavyweight type. Lightweight floating row covers are used to protect crops against pests during summer while they heavyweight row covers are used during winter and season extending because they retain more warmth. You simply cover your crops with the row covers and secure that edges with U-shaped pins, rocks, bricks, boards or soil. They are ideal for protecting plants during their critical growth stages. Floating row covers are effective at preventing aphids, cabbage moths, tomato hornworms, bean beetles and squash bugs among others.

Pheromone Traps

Most garden insects produce pheromones; a powerful smell that attracts opposite sex. Scientists have duplicated this scent to attract most of these insects. Though the traps attract male insects, they are effective at giving you early warning signs that a certain pest is about to attack your garden. With such information, you prepare in time to launch organic pest control strategies to prevent the pests from attacking. The pheromone traps lure tomato pinworms, cutworms, cabbage loopers and corn earworms.

Most garden insects produce pheromones; a powerful smell that attracts opposite sex. Scientists have duplicated this scent to attract most of these insects. Though the traps attract male insects, they are effective at giving you early warning signs that a certain pest is about to attack your garden. With such information, you prepare in time to launch organic pest control strategies to prevent the pests from attacking. The pheromone traps lure tomato pinworms, cutworms, cabbage loopers and corn earworms. Insecticidal soap

Insecticidal Soap

Insecticidal soaps contain unsaturated fatty acids that are mainly derived from animal fats and are designed to dissolve insect skin. They are natural spray products that are sold as an organic insects control measure. So, do not confuse them or replace them with herbicidal soaps that destroy vegetation and household soaps that contain chemical detergents. To give desired results, the insecticidal soap spray must come to contact with the insects while still in liquid form. It becomes powerless after drying on the crops. Avoid spraying the solution on hot days and ensure that you rinse the soap off after a few hours. The soap spray is effective at eliminating aphids, whiteflies, mites, and soft-bodied insects.

Insecticidal soaps contain unsaturated fatty acids that are mainly derived from animal fats and are designed to dissolve insect skin. They are natural spray products that are sold as an organic insects control measure. So, do not confuse them or replace them with herbicidal soaps that destroy vegetation and household soaps that contain chemical detergents. To give desired results, the insecticidal soap spray must come to contact with the insects while still in liquid form. It becomes powerless after drying on the crops. Avoid spraying the solution on hot days and ensure that you rinse the soap off after a few hours. The soap spray is effective at eliminating aphids, whiteflies, mites, and soft-bodied insects. Oil sprays

Oil Sprays

Oil sprays suffocate attacking pests if they hit them directly. Use superior oil to protect your growing crops because they evaporate faster and are unlikely to destroy your crops. Dormant oils should be used to destroy eggs and disease spores during the dormant season because they evaporate slowly. To avoid destroying your thriving crops, do not spray crops that lack moisture and do not spray during hot days. Oil sprays are effective at preventing leafhoppers, whiteflies, leaf miners, mites, beetles and aphids.

Oil sprays suffocate attacking pests if they hit them directly. Use superior oil to protect your growing crops because they evaporate faster and are unlikely to destroy your crops. Dormant oils should be used to destroy eggs and disease spores during the dormant season because they evaporate slowly. To avoid destroying your thriving crops, do not spray crops that lack moisture and do not spray during hot days. Oil sprays are effective at preventing leafhoppers, whiteflies, leaf miners, mites, beetles and aphids.

Conclusion

Though a pest attack can get you desperate, it is not advisable to rush for chemical pest control methods. Moreover, organic pest control methods are less expensive and safer for you, your crops, garden and the environment. But, it is advisable to research and determine common pests that attack different crops within your region. This way, you will apply preventive measures when planting your crops, as they grow as well as be prepared to deal with possible attacks.

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