Understanding Natural Pest Control

Another alternative measure to pest control is the organic or natural pest control, instead of using chemical pesticides, which is proven to be less expensive, effective, and safe for your family, your pets, your garden, and your environment. Applying natural pest control in the garden and field crops has many methods and all these is aimed at discouraging harmful insects from coming in the first place, and these methods are: pulling out any weak plants; building healthy, organic soil; using seaweed mulch or spray; minimize insect habitat; inter-planting and rotating crops; and keeping foliage dry. Look up Phoenix Organic Pest Control options online to know more. 

It's advisable to pull out the weak plants in the garden and those growing along with the field crops, since they may attract predators or they may already be infected, so remove them and dispose of them.

In order to grow strong plants, apply natural composting methods or mulching and top-dressing the soil with compost or using natural fertilizer, in this way, harmful insects cannot stay long in a strong and vigorous plant.

Because of the rich contents of elements in seaweeds, like iron, zinc, barium, calcium, sulfur and magnesium, such that when seaweeds are used to fertilize plants, they promote the healthy development of plants making them able to withstand diseases and infection of insects and slugs, and seaweed fertilizer in mulch or spray form can give plants the strength to resist diseases caused by insect infection.

To protect the healthy plants and crops from being infected, make it a regular habit of pulling the weeds and clearing the garden of debris, which can become breeding places for insects and followed by using clean mulch.

Studies show that insect pests attack on specific plants, therefore, when you apply inter-planting, which refers to planting mix plants or crops, these pests are likely to spread fast throughout the garden or field; therefore, rotating crops every year is an effective method to avoid re-infestation of pests.

A constantly wet foliage encourages insect and fungal damage to the plants, therefore, wet accordingly at an early time so plants are kept dry most of the day or apply drip-irrigation, which is delivering water to the root systems of plants.

When you're using your garden tools with infested plants, disinfect them afterwards to reduce the speed of invading insects.

By using beneficial insects to prey on harmful insects and their larvae, this can be also an effective way to applying natural pest control, and these insects are: wasps, ladybugs, lacewings, hover-flies, praying mantis, and nematodes.

Wasps are attracted to plants, like carrots, celery, parsley, caraway and Queen Anne's lace and when they get to visit these plants, they destroy the leaf-eating caterpillars, and since these plants are easy to grow, some should be left for these wasps.

These harmful insects, such as aphids, mites, whiteflies and scale are eaten by ladybugs, especially if these harmful insects are around such plants, like daisies, tansy or yarrow, which attract a lot of ladybugs. Get in touch with Phoenix Pest Control to get started.