How To Save Your Garden From Pests

With the threat of global warming looming large, it has become critical to increase the greenery all around the world. What better way to start this than start from your home? If every house has a small garden, every individual will be contributing in their own small way. If you already have a garden, good for you!

Here in this article we discuss some of the ways by which one can easily save their garden from pests. Read further on, to understand some of the parameters that you need to watch out for.

Save garden from pests

Garden pests

Garden pests can affect gardens of any kind – Vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, spices, etc. The garden pests can trouble plants in so many ways:

  • They draw away the nutrients from the soil.
  • By infecting the fruits and seeds of the plants.
  • They deteriorate the quality of fruits. (not visible, but can be detected by taste or other chemical tests)
  • They eat into the plant stem blocking the nutrients flowing into the plant. This can result in the plant withering away.

How to tackle them?

According to Pest Control Pro Jupiter FL there are multiple techniques available to tackle the garden pests. Employing these techniques in an effective way can help you in tackling the problem of pests in your garden. Some of them are:

Natural Pesticides: This is the most common way of garden pest control. These pesticides directly affect the pests, but cause less harm to the plants and their fruits. These pesticides are made of natural ingredients.

Attract insects that feast on these pests: By creating small dwelling places for these insects or using plants or flowers that attract these kinds of insects, you can help these insects get a home while they help you get rid of the garden pests!

Companion planting: This is known to be an Organic garden pest control solution. This involves planting a species that either emanates a smell that is an irritant to the garden pests. So, by planting this kind of species next to your fruit or vegetable plant, you are saving your plant from pests. For example: Marigold is used as a companion plant for vegetables like Asparagus, Eggplant, etc.

Biological Control: This includes using parasites and predators that feast on these pests, to help protect your plants.

Raised soil beds: If your problem is with rodents of any kind, then you can elevate your soil bed or have a raised bed for your gardening, then you can get rid of rodents that harm your produce.

Rotation: Re-locate your plants periodically, in order to prevent disease build up or soil deterioration.

Need Help In Controlling Termites In Your Home

Home is where the heart is. In your abode, you will want your family to unwind and the pets you choose to stay. However, chances are that you end up having uninvited ‘guests’ in your home. No, the reference here is not to the relatives or nosy neighbors! The reference is to the wood dwellers, termites or white ants as they are sometimes called.

Termites ruin the wood in your home from ceiling to the walls to all your furniture. Before you know it, you will run into thousands of dollars into repair work! Termites usually dwell in hundreds or thousands in the form of nests or colonies. These are made at different places and they travel underground to get into your home. So getting rid of these termites is not a one day task.

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Pro-active measures

Below mentioned are the most common things you can do to avoid termites.

  1. Consider having a Pest control strategy in the checklist for building a home
  2. While building a home, select your wood carefully – treated wood would be a good option
  3. Get rid of shrubs and old tree stumps
  4. Make provision for good below-the-floor ventilation
  5. Deal with leaking taps, cracks in your roof, pipes, gutters
  6. Engage a good Pest control expert with proven experience in termite management
  7. Schedule periodic inspection of your property from the Pest control expert (Yes, even if you ‘think’ there are no termites)

Reactive measures

These measures include things you have to do to get rid of termites. Get a Pest control expert to assess the situation. Depending on the nature and extent of damage, the pest control group will assess the scale of termite infestation in your home. They also inspect any leaking taps or holes that are tunneling the termites into your home and then tackle these effectively.

There are different modes of tackling termites depending on the nature of infestation. If the infestation is:

Small Scale – Spraying chemicals will help. But remember, that termites can be eliminated in a single spray or day. It will take a routine to first eliminate the termites existing and then to completely get rid of them

Large Scale – There is a new chemical which is apparently undetectable by the pests, which are picked up by the termites and they carry this chemical to their colonies (where they breed), and pass this on to the entire colony. This chemical gets rid of them.

9 Tips For Implementing A Natural Pest Control Program

The conventional way of eliminating pests usually involves the use of pesticides. While effective and efficient, pesticides tend to be a non-discriminatory solution, killing even useful bugs, birds and insects.

A natural pest control system is a much safer and better choice since it can target pests without leaving residue that could harm the environment. Here are ways on how to implement a natural pest elimination and control program:

1. Eliminate trash

Garbage, particularly organic waste, attracts insects, rodents and wild animals. Use a sturdy garbage bin with a lid and dispose of trash properly. Put food scraps and other biodegradable waste in sealed plastic bags. Dispose of dry and wet wastes separately.

2. Keep a tidy yard

Remove possible hiding and nesting places for pests outside of the house. Piles of wood, cardboard boxes, old newspapers and magazines offer a haven for bugs and small animals such as rodents. Without these hiding places, animals will feel vulnerable and are less likely to build nests in the yard or near a home.

3. Get rid of standing water

Mosquitoes will lay eggs in standing or slow-moving water, even shallow ones. Sweep off water that has collected in low-lying spots on the ground after the rain and throw away water that has collected in pots, old tires or plant leaves. Clean up old gutters and clogged drains.

4. Get rid of insect nests in the yard

Termites and ants build nests in areas that are close to a food source. If there are signs of termite infestation in a home, there is a good chance these insects have built a nest somewhere close by. Preventing these insects from getting to their food source will encourage them to move elsewhere. Using cordless pest control repeller may help you wonderfully in achieving this.

5. Cultivate a landscape that fights pests

Some plants and herbs are natural pest repellents. Many of these plants produce aroma or oils that are either deadly or unattractive to pests. Some plants, such as the Venus flytrap, even help control insect populations by killing bugs.

Try planting species such rosemary, mint, catnip and lemongrass to repel mosquitoes. Marigold, a species that works well as a companion plant for vegetables, also works against aphids.

6. Allow natural predators to work

Some bugs, bird species and bats are natural enemies of harmful pests. Some good bugs to encourage include ladybugs, honeybees, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantis, earwigs and parasitic wasps, to name a few.

7. Prevent access inside the home

Small insects can easily burrow under the soil to find a way in through cracks while rodents will need a hole that is only about a quarter of an inch wide in order to slip in. Fix broken windows and doors and patch up cracks, holes and crevices. Install screens and apply sealants to prevent bugs.

8. Clean up after pets

Leftover food and water in pet bowls are targets for pests. Always clean up after each feeding and change water regularly. If possible, keep pet food bowls inside the house.

9. Control moisture inside the home

Leaky faucets and cracked pipes can create spots in the home that are permanently damp. Moisture can corrode certain metals and cause wood to rot, attracting insects such as cockroaches and carpenter ants. Seal or replace cracked pipes and fix leaky faucets to prevent wet spots, especially in the basement or under the sink.

This is a guest post by David.

David Young is an inquisitive home owner who enjoys asking the people who come to his home what he can do himself to improve his home. In fact, all the tips in this post came from knowledge gathered from an hour long conversation with a very friendly pest control technician who works for Preventive Pest.

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