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Organic Pesticides for Common Garden Pests

Updated on August 28, 2011

A lot of gardens need up-keep, and will also require some maintenance for it to thrive. But that’s not all that you’re going to have to think about. You’re also going to have to deal with some common garden pests along the way. But don’t fret, as there are a lot of organic pesticides that you can use to eradicate these unwanted pests.

A Preventive Measure

So, what is it that you can do to help protect your garden (or your vegetable garden) from pests? Well, keeping your garden clean at all times can be a good start (attracts less attention and pest in this manner). So, always throw away decomposing organic materials (like dried leaves, etc.), or have these kept for composting purposes. You may also harvest garden crops right away, before they start to rot. Do bear in mind that if your yard isn’t kept maintained, then you’re going to have to deal with unwanted pests visits later on.

Specifically-designed Organic Products for Specific Pest

Now, when your garden gets infested in some way, then you can resort to using some natural pest control. But before using any of these organic products, its best to know what and where they can be effectively used on. Remember that not all pest control products work on all kinds of pests. It would be a waste to use something that won’t work, especially when it comes to getting rid of these yard annoyances.

Organic Pesticide vs. Chemical Pest Control

Chemical pest control products can be harmful to a lot of living things. It’s a good thing that a lot of people already resort to using several organic pest control options. These are in fact, good, safe, and inexpensive to use, compared to those chemically-based ones.

Natural Pest Control Choices

Here are a few organic pesticides that you can use (and can be made readily available in your home) to ward off common garden pests from your garden:

  • Insecticidal soaps – You can use this to kill insects (isn’t hazardous to birds and pets)
  • Insect repellant sprays – can be garlic-based, or you can use a solution containing red hot chili peppers (can kill Aphids), or can be a mixture of dishwashing soap (2 tbsp.), vegetable oil (2 tbsp.) & a liter of water (helps kill Mealybugs)
  • Salt – Pour some only on the affected area/s (mind the amounts as it may also kill the surrounding plants with too much salt), slugs and snails won’t definitely be able to go near this material
  • Flea Trap – prepare a bowl filled with water and dish soap. Place this on your garden, and have this positioned under a light bulb (should be three feet above the bowl). Turn this on when it starts to get dark. The light will attract the fleas, and these insects will eventually jump into the water soon after (causing them to drown).


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