Written by: Quintin Bentley Crevling
There are few things more disappointing than having pests invade your garden and devour all of the beautiful plants that you have been cultivating over several weeks. The pests that live in your garden can be especially difficult to get rid of since your plants are in their natural environment. Many plants attract helpful insects that help pollinate nearby flora, while they also attract insects like aphids that swiftly set into your plants and feast until the plant is riddled with holes. The good news is that there are natural remedies that will safely rid your garden of pests, such as: traps, soapy water, and ancient natural pesticides. If you are trying to remove pesky insects from your garden check out this link for information on your free home inspection.
Someone with a green thumb may have a prosperous vegetable garden in their backyard. To rodents, these tasty vegetables are ripe for the picking. If you have large pests getting fat from stealing food in your garden you can place non-lethal traps around the vegetables they like to eat. These traps are often steel cages with a trapdoor that slams shut when a lever is triggered. It is important to regularly check these traps once they have been set, so the animal isn’t confined to a small cage without access to food and water for a long period of time. Once you have trapped the animal you can release it back into the wild at a destination of your choosing.
The most common pests in your garden are small insects that love to feast on plant leaves. There are many different forms of natural pesticides that effectively drive away these ravenous pests. Spraying your plants with soapy water is a very popular method of safely exterminating the unwanted creatures. Entomologists have found that the chemicals in dish soap that are designed to remove grease also remove a wax coating on insect’s bodies, causing them to dry out and die. The soap mixture should contain roughly 3% dish soap. To be sure that your mixture does not contain too much soap you should spray a small section of the plant and wait a few hours to see how it responds. If the leaves begin to wilt, then you should dilute your spray and try again.
Humans have tried to ward off insects with natural pesticides since crops were first placed into soil. Agrarian societies count on pesticides to protect their crops from insects without harming humans. Neem is a product derived from a mahogany tree that was used by Native Americans for hundreds of years to repel harmful insects. This product gives plants an incredibly bitter taste and insects will quickly leave to find a tastier meal. To make this mixture at home you should mix half an ounce of Neem oil mixed with 2 quarts of water and stir the solution thoroughly. When this natural pesticide is all mixed up, follow the same steps as applying dish soap.