Tips On How To Control Garden Pests

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Maintaining a green and healthy garden is no easy task. It requires a lot of dedication, commitment and time. Controlling garden pests is among the most important activities that determines how healthy your garden is. In order to effectively control these pets, you need to know which ones are useful in your garden and which ones need to be eliminated. That having been said, here is a quick guide on how to control pests in your garden

Know Which Insects Are Useful And Which Ones Are Harmful

There are certain insects and bugs that are beneficial to the health of your garden.  A few of these are discussed below:

  • Praying mantis: Praying mantises are, to a large extent, beneficial insects.  They are beneficial because of their insatiable appetite for a large number of harmful garden pests.  Praying mantises will therefore help to control the population of unwanted pests in your garden.
  • Hover Flies: Hover flies are also beneficial in your garden because they feed on aphids, among other insect pests, during their larva stage of development. Hover Flies have a high affinity for flowers such as goldenrod and yarrow. Having these flowers in your garden will definitely attract a sizeable population of hover flies.
  • Ladybugs: These insects are commonly known for their beauty. Apart from making your garden look more beautiful, ladybugs will also feed on whiteflies, mites and aphids, among other harmful insects.

It is important to point out that large populations of the mentioned insects in your garden can have adverse consequences. You should therefore ensure that their population is controlled at all times.

Use Homemade And Non-toxic Remedies To Eliminate Harmful Pests

You can easily get insecticide from a garden supplies store for the elimination of harmful pests. However, some of these garden supplies contain harmful chemicals that are detrimental to the health of your plants.  

Insects such as aphids and mites have soft bodies. You can easily get rid of soft-bodied insects by spraying a solution of canola oil and ivory soap on your plants. This solution is known to smother the mentioned insects.

Insects that primarily attack fruit trees can be eliminated by spraying a mixture of dormant oil and lime sulfur on branches and trunks of the dormant trees. The mixture is known to suffocate the egg cases of these insects, thereby controlling their population, if not eliminating them completely.

Apart from being less harmful, home remedies for garden pest control are relatively inexpensive in comparison to some of the pest control supplies. 

For more information, contact a business such as The Gardeners Nursery.


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