Natural Garden Pest Control: Safe, Non-Toxic Methods

There are two reasons you should be looking to implement a pest control plan in your garden:

  1. To protect the plants you want to grow and ensure your garden is an enjoyable place to relax.
  2. It makes it difficult for pests to get from your garden to your house, making pest control in the home easier.

 

Of course, you may be wondering how much pest control you should be dong in your garden. After all, it is the outdoors, a natural environment, and one that pests should live in, (instead of your home). That’s why it’s a good idea to use non-toxic methods, you’re not going to destroy the pests, instead, you’re simply going to encourage them to go somewhere else.

 

Top Tip: If you already have a pest issue then you should and get expert help from your local pest control service straight away.

 

Use Mother Nature

 

The simplest way to get rid of pests that are destroying your plants is to introduce natural predators. These are other bugs that are not likely to cause you or your home a problem but will attack the pests that are.

The great thing about this approach is that you have to do very little, simply add the natural predators and leave them to it. It won’t be the fastest solution but it will work!

 

Soapy Water

 

Did you know that this is very effective at getting rid of pests? It’s not just something you use to wash your hands or your car. Although you should note that if you want your car cleaned properly and maintained you should click here, just as with anything in life, sometimes it’s better to let the professionals do their job.

Soapy water sprayed onto many types of pests will prevent them from functioning normally and eliminate the issue. It should be noted that, in some cases, the soapy water will actually kill the pests.

 

Planting

 

There are many plants that pests don’t like. For example, if you have a mosquito problem you’ll want to know that they are not keen on lemon plants, lavender, and even ginger. Planting these in strategic places can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your garden.

 

Diatomaceous Earth

 

This is a fine soil-like substance that occurs naturally. It is actually made from fossilized remains. The impressive thing is that it represents no issue to a mammal but it will compromise the waxy outer coating of most bugs, causing their insides to turn to jelly and them to die.

Okay, so maybe it’s not non-toxic, but it is a natural option and a safe one for your pets and children.

 

Removing Water

 

Water is essential for all forms of life and you’ll need plenty of it in your garden. However, that doesn’t mean you need to leave excessive water sat around. Stagnant water is highly attractive to mosquitoes and any water is attractive to pests for them to survive. By removing the standing water around your garden you’ll make it less attractive to pests.

That’s the real secret, make next door’s garden look more attractive and you’re onto a winner!

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