Keeping pests under control is never fun. There’s nothing quite like watching a hard weekend’s worth of work go to waste when pests fly in and munch on your new plants. Don’t fret, there’s many solutions to natural pest control that are 100% organic.
Slugs & Snails
Party rule number 1 says never let a beer go to waste. Don’t throw away stale beer; put it in an open container to catch slugs and snails. Another option is to decorate your plants with copper. Slugs and snails get a small electric shock from copper. Wrapping the base of plants in copper tape is a decorative way to keep pests at bay.
Tent caterpillars will munch your plants to death if not contained. Though time-consuming, your best bet is to put on some gloves and remove them and their cocoons by hand.
Aphids, Mites and Mealybugs
While fairly easy to get rid of, these soft-bodied pests can quickly wreck havoc if not dealt with in a timely manner. Pest control can be as easy as blasting them with water every few days. For more defense, mix canola oil, a few drops of dish soap and water in a spray bottle and apply to both sides of the plant leaves. And for a little pest control of the pretty kind, buy a container of ladybugs. Ladybugs love eating aphids!
Cabbage maggots are hard to contain, because once they get in the root of a plant it’s near impossible to get rid if them without uprooting the plant. The key here is to control the parent, or the cabbage fly. Sticky traps using bright pieces of wood covered in petroleum jelly attract pests and stick them in sticky stuff. Another solution is to use grind crushed pepper in boiling water. Let the mixture sit overnight and spray.
Mosquitoes may be the biggest pest of them all, especially in gardens with water ponds and features where they like to lay their eggs. A tried and true natural remedy is to use citronella. Citronella is a type of lemongrass and grows well along pond banks and it’s natural oils act as a mosquito repellent. Plant citronella around pond banks and use citronella candles as patio decor.