Homegrown Organic Pest Control

Discover how to create your own homegrown organic pest control with effective natural remedies, including pyrethrum, garlic, feverfew and marigolds.

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    Yarrow can be used as a tea to treat crops.

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Reprinted from MOTHER EARTH NEWS NOs 62 and 70. 

You can use organic pest control methods to rid your garden of many destructive pests with effective natural remedies. 

Homegrown Organic Pest Control

Few experiences are more frustrating, more irritating, or more just plain maddening than suffering an invasion of creeping, crawling, or flying garden pests. And the situation can get even worse when you start looking for a way to solve your bug problems. Here, for instance, is a sample of the kind of "reassurance" you can find on a typical pesticide can, box, or bottle label: CAUTION! HARMFUL TO HUMANS, PETS, AND LIVESTOCK. DO NOT INHALE OR LET PRODUCT COME IN CONTACT WITH SKIN. DO NOT USE VEGETABLES TREATED WITH THIS PRODUCT FOR ONE WEEK AFTER APPLICATION . . . etc., etc., etc.

Fortunately, there is a way to have healthy crops without handling poisons . . . and that's to grow your own safe insecticides for organic pest control ! Over the ages many pungent herbs have served man as natural pest repellents. Such homegrown protective agents were used effectively long before the present chemical craze, and they still work.


One of the better-known organic pesticides is pyrethrum (Chrysanthemum cinerariaefolium or Chrysanthemum coccineum). I find it best to grow my supply rather than buying any, though; some commercial products labeled "pyrethrum dust" are simply a pyrethrum powder base that's laced with those toxic, residual poisons characteristic of today's overkill pest control philosophy.

The pyrethrum plants, also known as painted daisies or painted ladies, provide pest-repellent action when grown either throughout your garden or as border plants.

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Organic pest control for orange trees should include an integrative approach, which considers environmental stress, nutrient imbalances, and soil pH. When an orange tree is healthy, it can repel most pests on its own. Water can be highly effective in controlling orange tree pests. Spraying down trees with water at a high pressure keeps the leaves free of lead dust. Dusty leaves tend to debilitate beneficial insects. One can also take help of some professionals like Exterminator Redding CT, Exterminator Ridgefield CT, Exterminator Shelton CT(http://www.yalepest.com/shelton-pest-exterminators), Exterminator Stratford CT or any other to help you get rid of pests from the orange tree. Professionals can provide you relief for a long period of time. If one does not want to take the help of professional, they can go with the natural/organic way.

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