These tips to keep pests under control and away from your garden come from Action Pest. If your pest problem is a serious threat to your home, check out the Action Pest website to learn more about controlling them.
There’s nothing more satisfying than the art of growing your own crops. Not only would you have fresh and nutritious produce to eat, you’d also be teaching yourself to become self-reliant and less dependent on grocers. Unfortunately, growing your own crops isn’t as simple as planting them, feeding them and waiting for them to grow. Your goods will surely grab the attention of hungry critters that can wreck your garden overnight, so make pest control a priority. To defend the fruits of your labor against destructive pests without using harmful chemicals, try the following tricks and techniques.
Grow Strong-Scented and Predator-Attracting Crops Along with Your Desired Crops
A plant’s worst enemy is the aphid. Aphids are little bugs that suck the sap out of plants while excreting their hazardous saliva into them. The saliva is toxic to the plants and causes them to discolor and even rot. Eventually, the plants can die. Unfortunately, aphids attack just about every species of plant without discrimination. If you want to eliminate these fast-reproducing insects, consider adding powerful-smelling plants to the garden. Most herbs including mint, basil and chives should prove effective. Adding plants that attract the enemies of aphids can also greatly reduce their numbers. Buckwheat, sunflowers, yarrow and parsley are some examples of plants that should bring ladybugs, lacewings, praying mantids, hoverflies and others around to feast on the aphids.
Place Crushed Eggshells or Beer Traps Around the Garden
Setting traps is another excellent pest removal method for snails, slugs and caterpillars. These creatures have sensitive undersides that can be easily injured by sharp objects, so placing crushed eggshells around the crops you want to protect can keep them away for good. Snails, slugs and caterpillars are also highly attracted to beer, so building a beer trap can lure them in to their dooms. All you’ll need is a 2-liter bottle and some beer. First, chop off the top of the bottle about 4 to 5 inches from the cap. Then, invert the piece, and place it into the lower portion of the bottle so that it acts like funnel. Finally, tape or staple the funnel in place, then fill the container with beer. The soft-bellied critters will crawl into the funnel to get to the beer, and they’ll drown in it during an attempt to get back out.
Dust Your Produce with Cayenne Pepper
Believe it or not, ants are one of the most destructive garden pests, and they’re notoriously difficult to get rid of. Well, there’s a simple solution for keeping them out of your garden. All you need to do is sprinkle cayenne pepper on all of your crops and the surrounding soil. Ants get highly irritated by cayenne, and they’ll run in the other direction when they encounter it. Powdered cayenne is a great pest removal agent as it can offend and scare off small mammals as well. It can be easily rinsed off before harvest.
Fence Out Unwanted Visitors Using Pantyhose or Chicken Wire
Sometimes a physical barrier is needed to stop starving bunnies, chipmunks, mice and birds from eating your family’s fruits and veggies. If you have old pantyhose laying around, you can stretch it over wooden stakes placed at the edges of the garden to create a fence, or you could even stuff them with individual tomatoes, melons or whatever you have. Chicken wire can be used in place of hosiery, and it might be the more effective pest control option for larger and tougher animals like full-grown rabbits.
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