In small numbers the damage is minimal, but, since the females are born pregnant with the next generation, numbers can soon multiply and become an infestation. If your garden is suffering from a severe infestation you may wish to ‘up the ante’ by really putting off those leaf destroyers with a Garlic or Chilli DeBug Spray. As ants do not like chilli or garlic this spray will prevent them ‘herding’ aphids onto plants such as broad beans too. Garlic Spray used weekly during the growing period of fruit trees will keep down aphids and other insect infestations. This is the key ingredient in the gardener’s fight against aphids and other insect pests. You may also use a sharp stick and simply impale the insect once you find it. Spray on a still day to prevent it drifting to other plants, and don’t use when plants are in flower as the product will affect the blooms and visiting pollinating insects. Filter out any lumps before filling a plant spray (to prevent the nozzle getting blocked).
Make sure the shrubs are getting water applied to the soil evenly underneath their canopies. A manure tea fertiliser is simple to make and very effective in boosting plants’ performance. Mix some tea tree oil with water and spread it around the doors and windows from where the ants enter your home. These sprays can also be used in the home to deter ants from entering – simply spray regularly where ants are coming over the threshold. But red ants can be a total nuisance. So, if you want to get rid of these creatures easily, you can place traps. A homemade nicotine spray is a strong way to get rid of serious infestations. The spray action will dislodge insects while the soap smothers them preventing them from breathing or eating. Mix one part soft or liquid soap with 100 parts water. Infection can also spread by accident, when people unwittingly consume raw produce (such as lettuce) that contains a small snail or slug or part of one. The more we discover about synthetic pesticides, herbicides and insecticides the more we learn how unhealthy they are for the environment and the people and animals that live in it. Rather than have a cupboard full of dangerous, toxic and expensive chemical insecticides why not make your own?
It is very useful as a tonic for plants that have suffered disease or insect attack. Organic pest control is known to be a method that utilizes natural resource in order to be able to eradicate different kinds of pests, primarily various insect species that destroy vegetation. So just go organic in your approach. We have lots more tips for organic gardening on the cheap. If you have a bed or planter that you’re certain is snail-free, a barrier of copper tape can prevent snails and slugs from re-entering. Barriers Pesticides can give certain guarantees of protection against pests, however, without you being aware, these substances can often be destroying the environment as well as damaging your own body. There can be a lot of ways to control pests nowadays but such methods normally involve the use of different chemicals that can definitely harm the environment. Do your bit for your wallet and the environment by making your own. In fact making your own soft soap means you need never buy liquid soap again. Once you start making your own garden pesticides, perhaps you’d like to move on to making your own fertilisers.
They move very slowly and are mindless. Slug Traps Slugs are not elusive creatures. Hand Picking Hand picking is a basic method in getting rid of slugs. Simply steep a few crushed garlic cloves and / or chillies (fresh/dried/powdered or even Tobasco sauce will be effective) in your basic soap spray. Simply refill your old liquid soap dispensers with your homemade soft soap. This is much cheaper than buying liquid soap and you can more easily control how natural the end product is. Fill the empty can with soap solution or any other solution that are deadly to insects. The soft soap can be used around the home in the laundry or for washing the dishes (adding some lemon juice to cut through grease). Simply grate a bar of Castille soap (or some other vegetable based soap) into warm water (four litres should be about right for a 150g bar).
It is quite possible to make your own soft soap too. In early spring, make sure to rake your garden to remove leaves, debris and slug eggs. Get rid of these vectors safely by clearing debris where they might live, and also using traps and baits. Integrated pest management seeks to control the existence of various pests by the means of using natural approaches through the aid of humans. This method involves the use of natural enemies of the insects such as ladybug beetles to control greenfly, or frogs to control slugs. Put into a plant sprayer and use liberally. Then put in a container and pile the corpses, after which you can either burry it in the ground or throw it away. Ducks, chickens, nematodes, frogs, salamanders, newts, toads, snakes, turtles, hedgehogs, shrews, praying mantises, ground beetles, rove beetles, and fireflies, for starters. Spread it all over the garden ground and allow it to kill the unwanted slugs. You may try digging a hole in the ground and place a can or another open carrier flattened in the soil surface.