Garden Pest Control
Insects that feed on plants that you have nurtured and cultivated in your garden can be both discouraging and damaging.
It's also important to understand that many insects are an intricate part of the ecology of a garden, and you don't want to simply eliminate all of them from your crops. Many plants are actually pollinated by certain insects and you'd be better off not killing them all. There are several things that can be done in order to eliminate and prevent insects and garden pests from feeding on and making a home in your garden.
Act Fast: It's important to act as quickly as possible to first identify and then choose the appropriate plan of action to rid your garden of pests. Do research and make educated decisions about whether or not to use insecticides or even professional pest control services.
Crop Rotation: One of the oldest techniques for plant protection is crop rotation since most insects only feed on certain plants or plant families. Some will lay their eggs in soil where there will be a good supply of food in the Spring, while others spend the winters in soil where they lived on a host plant in warmer months. When plants are rotated and positions are changed from year to year, there is less potential for insects to find a comfortable home and cause and infestation.
Keep a Close Watch: Make it a habit to look at and inspect your plants often for garden pests. It is most beneficial to use a flashlight to check your crops a few hours or so after dark when many insects are most active. Carefully turn over leaves and examine the undersides of each plant.
Clean Up: Following the growing season, it's important to clean up around the garden. Many common garden insects prefer to spend cold autumn and winter months in plant waste, and leaving it lying about only encourages them to stick around and breed throughout the off season.
Plant Garlic and Basil: Believe it or not, garlic is a natural insect deterrent. Since a lot of garden bugs don't like the taste or smell of garlic, planting it in various places throughout your crops could give them a good enough reason to move on to somewhere new. Planting basil in intermittent areas has a similar effect.
Encourage Beneficial Insects: There are insects that aren't actually pests at all. Some bugs and spiders regularly consume those insects that are damaging your crops. As an example, the praying mantis will eat any insect within its reach (including other praying mantises!). A lot of the difficulty lies in convincing them to stay once readily available food is gone. Beneficial insects can be purchased, but there are also steps to encourage them to live in your garden long term. Don't use toxic sprays since they tend to kill all insects in the area, not just the bad ones. Consider creating a bird bath filled with stones for them to land on and water for them to drink. Plant flowers in or around your garden that have a good supply of pollen that beneficials enjoy.
Your garden is more than just plants and flowers. It requires work and creativity, and it's important to make sure that what you have worked so hard for isn't damaged by garden pest infestations. Prevention and careful observation can make all the difference.
Pest Control - Interesting Facts
Carpenter ants do more damage to a home in a shorter amount of time than termites.