DIY Pest Control for Homeowners: Home Gardening Tips7 May 2022
For both novice and experienced home gardeners, pests are the most typical obstacle to overcome. If you're a horticulturist, you know what to expect. It seems as though your well-managed pot plants or garden have been overtaken by pests in a matter of hours.
But it doesn't have to be the case! Bad bugs may be kept at bay with natural pest control sprays and a little forward preparation without calling the pest control services.
DIY Pest Control Methods
In order to maintain a healthy, productive, and pest-free garden, you might want to follow some of these rules that many other professional gardeners do in their own home garden:
1. Grow your plants in the right place.
Getting a jump start on pest control starts even before you put in a single seed. Choosing a location for growth is the first step in the process. An optimal growth area should have the following qualities:
Direct sunshine is required for at least six hours every day for most food plants, except in very rare cases. To get the most out of them, make sure to put them in a place with lots of direct sunlight. While this may not seem like a big deal, the lack of light causes plants to thin out and weaken. Aside from that, pests are drawn to unhealthy plants.
Enough distance between plants
Pests are more likely to spread if your garden is too near to your decorative landscaping or has a lot of weeds.
2. Choose healthy seedlings as a foundation.
Pests are greeted with open arms when they meet face-to-face with unhealthy plants. When it comes to seedlings, this is particularly true. In any case, check for the following crucial qualities in your sprouted or purchased seedlings:
There is no doubt that you should only purchase seedlings that are free of pests and disease. As soon as you bring one infected plant into your garden, the disease will quickly spread to other crops.
Vibrant, Sturdy, and Compact
Seedlings that are lanky, pallid, or otherwise unhealthy should be avoided since they lack the natural ability to defend themselves against pests. Because of this, they'll develop slowly and have limited yields.
3. Regularly gather your harvest from the garden.
Gardening in the midst of a riot of color is a beautiful sight. But it's really a magnet for pests since it provides them with several locations to hide and proliferate. As an added bonus, you may just wander from one plant to the next. That's why it's recommended to harvest often in order to maintain your plants in the medium-sized range. In addition to managing insect numbers, they can also have the benefits of balanced light distribution and improved air circulation.
4. When required, use spray on plants.
The likelihood of a pest infestation will be greatly reduced if you follow the instructions provided above. Also, using an organic insect spray may assist if a problem is discovered. Important note though. Pesticides, whether natural or synthetic, may also kill beneficial insects, such as bees and ladybugs, so you should only use them as a last resort if all other options have failed.
A high-volume, fine mist sprayer may be used in the morning or at night to rinse your plants down before applying fertilizer. While numerous bugs may be present on your plants during a high-pest season, they frequently take several days to reproduce. This is something expert home garden growers discovered from their own experience. The great majority of migratory pests will be eliminated if you just rinse your plants with water on a frequent basis throughout this time.
And since we're talking about pest control products, here are some tips for making your own pest control:
For rodent control
Pesticides may be used in a variety of ways, depending on the situation, to eradicate and control pests. One of the most frequent ways to get rid of insects and other pests is to spray your house with an insecticide or pesticide. When it comes to pest management, pest control companies rely on a variety of tools and techniques to successfully eradicate rats and mice.
Naturally getting rid of black spots and mildew
Fungus issues in your garden may be exacerbated by a lack of ventilation, a lack of space between plants, and heavy rain. Natural repellents or fungicide spray may be made by combining one part milk (full-cream organic is preferable) with 10 parts water in a spray bottle. Bicarbonate soda, vegetable oil, dishwashing soap, and water may also be used to remove stains from clothing, bed bugs, and other household pests. Spray plants liberally as a preventive or treatment.
Garlic and chili to kills insects
This is a must-have for every gardener's collection. Sprays based on garlic or chili are good against tiny sucking insects like aphids and caterpillars and other pest problem. A tablespoon of vegetable oil and a tiny quantity of dishwashing liquid or soap flakes may be substituted for the raw garlic and chili.
Spray plants, vegetable gardens, or crawl space with the solution after letting them sit in a jar overnight. Skin and eye contact with children should be avoided at all costs. You can use this during a two-week period.
Use eucalyptus oil
Garden pests, like mosquitoes, are among the most aggravating things to deal with. Gardening and outdoor entertainment are made more difficult by the presence of these invasive species. Eucalyptus oil works as a natural deterrent against mosquitoes. You may either apply some yourself or buy a store-bought repellant with eucalyptus oil in it before you go out into the garden.
Make sure that you also do not leave pet food scraps in your vegetable gardens and always clean your fish ponds to avoid mosquitos laying eggs in them.
Following these tips, you can surely save money from hiring professional exterminators for your home garden!
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