A Glossary of Natural Garden Pest Control Solutions

Faced with a pest problem? Learn a three-tiered approach to natural garden pest control: attract beneficial insects, employ effective physical pest controls such as handpicking and row covers, and use organic pesticides if needed.

Garden Pest Control Illustration
Place birdhouses and simple water features around your garden to invite in natural predators. Keep chickens near your garden to feed them handpicked pests. They can also work over beds at season’s end. Keep out slugs by laying out copper stripping and use row cover to protect cabbage-family crops.
Illustration by Linda Cook
Combat Corn Earworms Illustration
Use a squeeze bottle to squirt Bt or olive oil onto the tips of corn to prevent corn earworm damage.
Illustration by Linda Cook
Cucumber Trellis Pest Control
Snare cucumber beetles by hanging a couple of yellow sticky traps on your cucumber trellis.
Illustration by Linda Cook
Cutworm Collar Illustration
Toilet paper rolls make excellent collars to protect seedlings from cutworm damage.
Illustration by Linda Cook

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