Every life created by nature has a purpose and usually a predator to keep it in check. Overtime of course, some predators got extinct or displaced and so their prey begin to dominate and soon became pests. Human ingenuity however, is limitless and we soon find solutions to problems that often, we ourselves inadvertently created. The pests in our garden is one such problem and fortunately, we do know how to get rid of them.
When it comes to pests in the garden or pest control in general, the first thing that comes to mind is chemical pesticide. The unfortunate truth about them is that each year homes in Australia use approximately several million litres of pesticides on lawns and gardens, and in the home. In fact, on an average, home owners use thrice the quantum of pesticides as farmers. This sad statistics results in lot of wildlife poisonings also, most surface water contamination from pesticides come from single-family homes.
You can be environmentally friendly by opting for natural methods and natural pest control which by the way, is less expensive and it's 100% safer for your family, your garden, the wildlife near you and of course, the environment.
Here are the secrets to how organic pest control works:
Smell: Like humans, garden pests too are affected by bad smell however (and fortunately), garden pests hate smell of garlic, rhubarb, fish, tobacco etc. you get the picture. So discard old garlic, fish heads, etc. by burying them near the roots of your plants.
Gases and odour molecules: Certain plants give off natural odours or oils which some bugs find unpleasant. Sprays and other concoctions made from these plants and sprayed onto plants will deter pests while not harming your plants.
Oil: Vegetable oils, Mineral oils and oils made from cotton seed will suffocate soft-bodied pests e.g. caterpillars.
Soap: Add small quantities of vegetable based liquid soaps to sprays in small amounts to make them stick to plants. Many insects dislike it and are harmed by soap.
Physical: If only one or two plants exhibit pests, the good old manual (by hand) removal method works fast and is best. You may hate to go near them but removing caterpillars by hand works best. Just use some simple tool to pry the caterpillars lose and drop them into a bucket or paper bag.
Remember, all insects are not pests. Some are there to control the real pests. The easiest way to differentiate between them is to open Google in your web browser and insert a description of the 'pest' and voilà – you will know if the garden pest you describe is really a pest of a predator of the real pests. You want a Gardening Services Bligh Park teeming with life with the many creatures and insects keeping each other in check.
The idea of organic pest control is to work with nature rather than bombard everything with chemical based sprays and other counterproductive material.
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