Garden Insect Pests and How to Get Rid of Them

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Having a nice, flourishing, organic garden proves not only that you’re a good gardener or that you deserve to win the award for the best garden in town… it also proves that you have good organization skills and neatness towards things in general. There is one problem though… and it could ruin it all if you let it. Yes, you guessed right! Garden pests. If you’re an experienced gardener, you already know that pests can be a really big problem if you allow them to get out of hand.

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Insects in your garden are normal, but pests are not. They eat up a large portion of your yummy fruits and vegetables. They will try to colonize your entire garden and destroy everything. Don’t panic! There are solutions. These solutions can be very effective and done using natural remedies… Here are some garden pests below and ways to get rid of them the natural way.

Some Insect Pests and Ways to Get Rid of Them

 

  1. Slugs- These are common in moist, shady parts of your garden. They eat up the leaves and stems and buds of your plants. In order to get rid of them… using beer is the most effective way. Try filling an empty can that held tuna or ham with beer. Place it in the corner of your garden or where you saw the slugs. They will go inside the can of the “beer pool” and drown. When you go and check to see the results… if the can is already filled with slugs just pour those critters out and repeat the process. Problem solved!
  2. Earwigs- They are long, flat insects that are commonly light reddish- brown to black and are easily distinguished by the pincers on the ends of their body. One of the most effective ways to get rid of them is with newspapers. You can try rolling up sheets of wet newspaper and leaving it on your garden floor.
    After that, the earwigs will crawl under the pages. Don’t just throw it in the trash because they may escape. Either burn the newspaper, or seal it in a plastic bag with no holes in it and then throw it in the trash.
  3. Aphids- Aphids, also known as “plant lice” are soft bodied critters with a green, black, brown, red or pink pigment. Its effect on plants may be decreased growth rates, curled leaves, stunted growth… and in worse case scenarios, death.

 

 

The key to getting them off of your plants is to use citrus rinds. Try grating orange or lemon rinds and mix it with boiling water. Let it steep for a long time so it can mix well with the water. Strain the water using a filter… such as a coffee filter. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it under the leaves.

Here is also a video about tips on insect control in the Garden (Organically)

 

Using a natural approach does not harm the plants. It makes it safe for the plants and for you when you consume the plants. So it is always best to avoid pesticides and go natural.

 


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