If you have a problem with pests in your garden you may wish to try the option of using organic insecticide. Many garden stores nowadays stock organic insecticides. You must be sure, though, that you are buying the correct product which will effectively control the pests which are causing you problems.
Organic gardening involves only killing the insects where necessary, and not eradicating any more insects than you need to. You don’t want to buy the kind of chemical insecticides that kill off practically all the six legged creatures in the garden.
Some insects are very useful, such as ladybirds which will feed on your aphid pests. Insects can be beautiful too. Think of butterflies!
In line with this thinking, many gardeners prefer to avoid insecticides and use other methods for controlling pests in the garden.
The best method of controlling soil-based pests is rotating your plants so that the plant they feed on is not grown in the same place year after year.
Insects, fortunately, seem to be easily confused, especially those that live in the soil. This stratagem is often enough to prevent them from becoming established and numerous.
However, if you are already considering organic insecticides, it’s probably too late for prevention. You’ll need to find other ways to control pests.
The best ways, of course, are those that will target the specific pest that is causing you problems. In this way, you won’t be killing off beneficial and friendly insects that contribute to the natural food chain in your garden.
Garlic repels many garden pests, and so gardeners often plant garlic around their other crops. Red spider mite and the borer beetles that attack fruit trees seem to be particularly repelled by garlic.
A handy and effective way to use garlic is in a spray. Crush garlic cloves, mix with water and spray the mixture directly onto your plants. This is effective in deterring many of the pests that feed on vegetables and flowers.
Soap solutions are another effective weapon against aphids and other small flies that attack roses and flowering plants. A soap solution spray can also help protect flowers from slugs.
Slugs and snails can be a real headache. A salt solution sprayed onto plants will often keep off these pests in the same way that garlic repels other pests. You can also try making traps containing beer, although not everyone finds them effective.
Place a shallow container of beer into the ground with the rim at ground level. The theory is that slugs easily find the beer, fall in, and as far as we know, they die happy.
A common household product for use against many garden pests is boric acid. It’s also called boracic acid, borates or borax. It’s effective, and is used in many commercial pesticides, but it is a naturally occurring mineral a little like salt.
Boric acid as a powder can be used against ants and similar crawling insects including roaches, ticks and fleas, beetles, earwigs and crickets. It also has anti fungal properties so it can be used against fungal diseases on plants, moulds and mildew. Like salt, it can also kill slugs and snails.
Boric acid can be toxic in high quantities. So,for safety reasons, don’t use this organic insecticide on fruit or on plants that children or pets will be likely to handle, eat or lick.