Organic Pest Control
Growing food organically is safer for us and for our environment.
Following is a summarized list of things one can do to deal with pests without using harmful synthetic pesticides.
This list is not all-inclusive as there are many different ways to garden organically.
|Disease and pest problems in general||Compost, companion planting, crop rotation, avoid using wood mulch|
|Deer, rabbits, groundhogs||Fence|
|Deer, rabbits, groundhogs, stinkbugs and more||Repellent sprays (made from garlic, hot peppers, egg, mint, catnip and more)|
|Deer||Motion activated sprinkler|
|Squash bugs, slugs||Placing a board next to plants and check underneath in the morning. Also, diatomaceous earth (1)|
|Squash bugs||Floating row covers. Remove when plants start to flower.|
|Slugs||Beer ponds, coffee grounds, copper strips around the pot|
|Slugs, caterpillers, squash bugs and more||Picking pests off with your hands (also eggs)|
|Caterpillars||Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis)|
|Japanese beetles||Scout for scouts (Put them in jar of water next to plant)|
|Rodents, insects||Cats, chickens, frogs or snakes.|
|Aphids||Sharp spray of water|
|Fungal diseases||Avoid watering leaves, avoid overcrowding, compost tea|
|Fungal diseases, aphids and more||Neem oil|