Is your garden full of bugs? Are insects eating your hard work, before you have a chance to harvest any? Before you give up and go to the store for your fruits and vegetables, here are some organic pest control supplies that can help you in your fight:
Floating row covers: If your garden is being eaten before it can even grow, floating row covers may be the solution. After you plant the seeds or transplant your seedlings into your garden, add wire hoops every 2 to 3 feet along your garden rows. Place a lightweight cheesecloth-like material over these hoops. The ends and sides of the cloth should be held down with heavy duty wire that has been bent into a U shape and then the cloth should be covered over with dirt. This will help prevent both flying and crawling insects from attacking your plants. Once your plants are a few weeks old and are able to withstand an invasion, you can remove the cloth as necessary.
Diatomaceous earth: When looking for pest control supplies, you may run into a product called diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic algae-like animals. It is entirely harmless to humans and plants, but is extremely lethal to insects. The texture of diatomaceous earth will create tiny cuts in an insect's exoskeleton. Although this may not kill them immediately, after a day or two they will dry out and die. Sprinkle diatomaceous earth on the leaves and around the base of plants that you want to protect. You should reapply it after every rainstorm or when you water.
Sticky traps: As far as pest control supplies go, sticky traps should possibly be a last resort if you're a gardener. On the good side, a sticky trap will often catch a majority of the flying pests that plague your garden. They are especially useful if you have fruit trees, since applying any sort of pest control product to the upper branches can be nearly impossible. However, sticky traps do have a darker side. They will indiscriminately catch anything and everything. They can catch good insects, such as bees, lacewings and ladybugs. Larger sticky traps might also catch some oblivious birds, leaving them to potentially die a slow and painful death. Although some birds may eat part of your crop, they also love feasting on many of the insects that would cause even more harm to your plants. Contact a company like ASE Pest & Weed Supplies for more helpful information.Share