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How to Fight Pests Without Chemicals

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Using natural enemies to combat the pest population is one of the best ways to gain control over your garden. The best part is that you don’t need any insecticides or chemicals. All you need is knowledge of your enemies and their predators.

The Problem

The three bad guys listed below will ruin your crop in no time. Using insecticide to get rid of them is more likely to kill beneficial insects than your intended target. Identifying pest damage early is important because it can drastically reduce the damage done to your garden.

Aphids

These small, soft-bodied, pear-shaped insects infect both gardens and landscape. Aphids will leave a sugary waste called honeydew on plants, causing leaves and stems to become sticky. Discovering sticky plants is a sure sign that you have an infestation.

Consider the following facts:

Thrips

Thrips present a major threat to agricultural communities because they multiply quickly and will swarm a crop in no time. Consider the following facts:

Hornworms

I’m going to be honest: telling people how to get rid of hornworms makes me really happy. I hate these pests with a fiery passion because they manage to infiltrate my garden every year. Here is some useful information about hornworms:

The Solution

The good news is that there’s something you can do to keep these bugs from ruining your garden. Attracting beneficial insects to your garden will help drastically reduce the number of pests that you have to deal with.

To help you tell the difference between beneficial insects and harmful ones, here’s a chart from Safer Brand.

Ladybugs

Ladybugs love to eat aphids, mealybugs and mites. Here is more information about ladybugs:

Lacewings

Once again, the babies are the champion eaters in the lacewing family. Adult lacewings mostly feed on flower nectar. Consider the following information:

Parasitic Wasps

I never imagined that a wasp would be my friend, but braconid wasps proved me wrong. Here is some helpful information about them:

Using biological control to deal with your pest population will keep your garden organic and free from unnecessary toxic chemicals. Utilize the natural predators of bad bugs and you can manage your garden naturally! This will result in healthy crops and protect your soil quality from chemical degradation.


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