Organic Pest Control Methods

While the reaction most people have to the sight of bugs and/or the damage they have caused is to grab the insecticide, there are ways of handling the problem without resorting to chemicals.  Chemicals who’s only purpose is to kill.  That can’t be healthy for us to ingest, no matter what the label may suggest.   What you want are natural solutions or organic pest control methods!

Natural Enemies

As you can see, there are alternative solutions to chemical pesticides.  You will find some of these options posted under this category within this site.   In addition to the lady bugs and praying mantis mentioned in this article as prime organic pest control methods, I also like the idea of attracting birds to help control your insect problem.  Kind of makes for a win-win, you control the bugs and get to enjoy birds in your yard at the same time.

Neem Oil

There is also another organic product that has proven to be effective against not just insects, but also mites and as an anti-fungal application, and that is Neem oil.  Neem oil has been used in India for thousands of years, not just on plants, but also as a medicinal product.  So, while it protects your vegetables, its also safe for you and your family.

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Another solution that is being re-discovered is the use of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth.  This all natural bug killer has been in use for decades, and is perfectly safe to use around pets and children, as the name implies.   There is also a product made that is used in pool filters, do NOT confuse the two!  The downside to using Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth is that it is an indiscriminate killer and will destroy good, as well as bad bugs.  So, using it should be a last resort effort only when your garden becomes overrun.

It is an affordable product and can be used indoors, in your in-door garden and kitchen, as well.  This is a contact product and not a “bait”, as insects are not attracted to it.  You must put it where they will make contact with the powder and it should be kept dry.

You don’t need harmful chemicals

Of course, another tried and true method of keeping the pests away is using netting covers to keep birds, as well as bugs, away from your plants. Or a number of home formulas that you can make from common ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

The point is, you don’t have to reach for chemical insecticides in order to protect your garden. The less toxic chemicals you use, the better it is for the environment and your family’s health. After all, isn’t that why you planted your own vegetables in the first place, to provide fresher, healthier vegetables? Keep checking back and I’ll keep adding to your organic pest control solutions.