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Five Tips For Organic Gardening and Organic Pest Control

Updated on October 3, 2014

Beneficial Insects in the Garden

What is the difference between beneficial insects and pests in the garden?
What is the difference between beneficial insects and pests in the garden?

It is Essential to Use Organic Pest Control When Organic Gardening


Organic gardening is a wonderful idea because it allows the everyday person to grow their own organic produce at home so they can eat healthy fresh vegetables and fruits without needing to purchase them at a grocery store or farmer’s market. However, organic gardening may involve bugs, pests and insects. Just a few pests are not a problem and may actually be beneficial as they give their natural predators something to eat.


Beneficial Insects Work Well To Use For Organic Pest Control

Ladybugs are hugely beneficial for your garden!
Ladybugs are hugely beneficial for your garden!

Five Ways To Do Effective Organic Pest Control


If you do have a pest control issue in your organic garden, you will need to take steps to apply organic pest control in order to solve the problem. The following are five tips for organic gardening and organic pest control that can help you to resolve your pest issue without the need for chemicals.


1. Figure Out What Type of Pest or Insect You Are Dealing With


This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is worth pointing out that if you know what type of insect or pest you are dealing with it will be much easier for you to begin searching for organic remedies to the problem. You also want to ensure that you are not trying to eradicate beneficial insects.


2. Learn The Common Signs of Different Types of Pest Infestation


Different types of insects leave different types of damage to your plants, so if you are unsure what type of insects you are dealing with it may be advisable to assess any damage that has been done to your plants to see if that can show you what type of pest you are dealing with.


3. Use Garden Insect Traps


There are traps you can get that are designed for certain types of insects, so that you can know very quickly if you have an infestation of certain types of unwanted bugs. Such traps can help you to discover the problem before it gets out of hand.


4. Organic Dusting Remedies


Dusting your garden is a great way to kill certain pests. You can use dry wheat bran to dust your garden to prevent Colorado potato beetles. This bran will kill the bugs naturally because they eat it and then drink water which causes it to expand, killing them. Cornmeal works to eradicate a cutworm infestation because they cannot digest it properly so eating it will kill them. Diatomaceous earth is a good choice if you are dealing with slugs or other insects that are moist or soft. The sharp particles within it will break open the slugs skin and dry it out, killing them.


5. Organic Spray Remedies


Garlic spray and hot pepper spray are two organic spray remedies you may wish to use. Garlic spray is made by chopping up a dozen or so cloves of garlic and soaking them in mineral oil for a day or so. Then all you must do is strain the oil and add it to some organic insect soap spray. To make the hot pepper spray, the process is essentially the same but the diced peppers are soaked in water instead. You can also use powdered hot peppers or paprika in place of fresh hot peppers.


Read more of my hubs on organic gardening:

Your Soil Health When Organic Gardening



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      Ruth R. Martin 2 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, @stricklydating :)

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      StricktlyDating 2 years ago from Australia

      Great tips for organic gardening!

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      Ruth R. Martin 2 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      @rasta1 - yes, 'companion' planting is a great way to help reduce pests naturally. Thanks for your input!

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      Marvin Parke 2 years ago from Jamaica

      I find growing garlic alongside my tomatoes reduces pests in the garden.

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      Ruth R. Martin 2 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thanks, there's nothing more satisfying than growing something organically - and nothing else tastes as good!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am always pleased to read about organic gardening, since I am a huge believer in the natural process. Well done...great suggestions here.

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Great article we don't look into these kind of things enough. It is great to see bugs that are helpful to our garden, we seem to vilify all insects so this is a nice change of pace.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      You are so right, thanks for caring!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thanks, Gail Meyers :)

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      SolveMyMaze 4 years ago

      Great Hub! I would always strive to use organic techniques rather than using pesticides. Not only because it's more friendly to the environment, but I really don't think that anyone should be inhaling that garbage.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from United States

      Wow, you have some great tips in this hub! Thanks for sharing them. Voted up and useful.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Rosemay50. I am glad you found a few tips you could use!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      A great hub with wonderful tips. I am always looking for natural ways to control pests. I usually crush and keep all my egg shells and spread these around my lettuce plants, the slugs don't like to cross over them, acts in much the same way as Diatomaceous I would imagine.

      I do like your garlic option and the salt tip for weeds is invaluable. Thank you for sharing

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      @Learning in Life ~ Actually, I am embarrassed to admit that I never really compared them too much. We tend to stick to natural methods, meaning we don't buy ready-made pest control, we make our own :) For example, instead of using expensive weed killer such as round up, I use regular old table salt. Salt + water kills greens and even slugs :) I sprinkle salt around all my flower bed edges every summer to keep the grass from growing in.

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      Megan Sisko 4 years ago from SW Florida

      How does the cost of organic pest control compare to that of regular pest control?

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      @DeborahNeyens, thanks for stopping by and adding your thoughts and experiences. I myself don't mind bees if they are not too close to where I am :)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      Great tips. I garden organically and am always looking for methods to get rid of pests (I've been known to pick them off by hand when all else fails). We have a wasp colony that lives in the garden that really helps because they are natural predators to the bad bugs. People always are trying to kill wasps but I love having them around!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      @ Alonso Gone Ladybugs you say? Are you sure? Because ladybugs are actually good for your garden, you do not want to kill them. If you do think your aunt has a bad bug infestation, be sure to identify the bugs before you start killing them :) Would hate to see you get rid of the ladybugs, if that is what they are. Ladybugs are great for natural pest control, and will actually help you get rid of your bad bugs. Happy to hear that you liked the tips :)

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      Alonso Gone 4 years ago

      Just recalled that my aunt’s organic backyard garden is infiltrated with ladybugs, which is a pain being unable to use insecticides... And I really like your garlic soaked in mineral oil suggestion!

      Currently trying to prepare a bottle of it and I’m gonna send it to her this weekend. Thanks for the tips!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Alternative pest controls are so important. Thanks for highlighting some options here! Like @shingingirisheyes, I'll keep these in mind for the next growing season!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      You are welcome @ RTalloni :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      A super overview on controlling garden pests organically. Thanks!

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thanks, sgbrown! Glad you found something useful in my article :) Having a problem with pests is no fun, but it takes consistent action early enough to really get rid of them effectively by using organic practices. Organic pest control methods will not kill as quickly as chemicals, though they are much better to use, health-wise.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I always try to treat my garden with organic pest control, but I have not yet found anything to kill squash bugs. They were horrible this year and killed my 6 squash plants way to soon! I will be using this information come next spring! Voting this up, useful and sharing! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      If you have no time for it, the next best thing is getting your produce fresh from your local farmers' market. Most towns have a farmers' market, you'll need to check into it. Farm/garden fresh tastes so much better than what you buy at the store that got shipped from who knows where :)

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      timewarnercablenc 4 years ago

      been thinking about organic gardening for sometimes but never really have the time to even start my own garden :)

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      Thanks @ zionsphere - glad you found them useful!

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      zionsphere 4 years ago from Oregon

      All great tips! One of my best friends is a landscaper, and she uses a lot of these methods during maintainence of some of her work. There are a couple in here, like th dusting, that I'm not sure she is aware of. I will pass this along to her.

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      Ruth R. Martin 4 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      @ shiningirisheyes ~ thank you for reading and your comment. I am thankful that you found my tips on natural pest control useful :)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I commend you for showing readers the alternative to pest control other than harmful pesticides.

      Although our growing season has come to an end here, I will find this helpful next season.

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