fbpx google.com, pub-9467819963366973, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0Skip to main content

Natural Pest Control For The Yard And Garden

There has been a real concern about the use of ‘harsh’ chemicals to control insects in the landscape and vegetable gardens. So I wonder if a real working Natural Pest Control is available.

Types of natural pest control

Valerian and Ladybug

So what may we do for natural pest control in the garden? I have always been the proponent of a ‘kill them quickly’ commercial product, but I have found safer and cheaper ways to kill or repel those pesky insects using some old-time remedies for pest control.

We may start with some tips from the Middle Ages, long before the days of Dow Chemical.
1. To keep bugs away from strawberries, try the plant borage
2. Plant a species called  lovage next to or near tomatoes
3. Keep the hyssop plant  close to grapes
4. Catnip branches can repel Japanese beetles
5. Something called  Valerian brings worms up to the top of the earth and aerates the soil
6. Marigolds smell, and usually, bugs are repelled by their odor

Natural Pest Control Definition

Natural pest control is a method of controlling pests without using those popular harsh chemicals. Instead, other natural ways are used, such as insects, birds, animals, plants, or mechanical techniques.

Using biological control is a method of controlling pests such as insects, mites, weeds, and plant diseases using other organisms, such as insects or plants. Natural enemies of the unwanted insect pests, known as biological control agents, include predators, parasitoids, pathogens, and competitors.

Plants As Natural Pest Control

Let’s look at some plants available for natural pest control in the garden and landscape.

Marigolds The marigold is probably the most well-known plant for repelling insects. Marigolds will help scare off whiteflies and kill bad nematodes, but it might also attract spider mites and snails. Make sure to use the scented varieties.natural pest control marigolds

Borage natural repellent


Borage This plant is not well known, but it’s a really effective repeller in the garden. It will repel tomato hornworms and cabbage worms and attract beneficial bees and wasps. Borage also adds trace elements to the soil. This is an annual but readily comes back each year from seed.

Lovage will also help fight harmful organisms in your tomato plants. Also, as an added plus, it can help our own health. It has been used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the lower urinary tract, to prevent kidney stones, and to increase the flow of urine when urinary tract infections or fluid retention is present.Lovage as a natural pest repellent

Hyssop Growing grapes? Consider planting some hyssop for natural pest control in your vineyard. And like lovage, it also has additional properties such as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it has also been used in traditional herbal medicine. Another plus? It attracts bees.hyssop natural pest control and bee attraction

Catnip is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family. It will repeal those pesky Japanese beetles in addition to making your cat feel good about him or herself.catnip pest repellent

Organic Control Using Bugs

Ladybugs or Ladybird Beetles are the most common bugs known as a deterrent to invasive pests such as aphids. However, to go out and purchase them is most likely too little too late.

If your aphids or other pests are already abundant, the ladybugs may stay around, but it will be too late to make a dent in the pest population. You should release the ladybugs when pests are at moderate levels.

And staying around is the point. I would only go through the time and expense if your garden is in a controlled environment such as a greenhouse or cold frame. The same goes for other beneficial bugs such as:

Praying MantisSpiders
Ground Beetles
Aphid Midges
Braconid Wasps

Let nature take its course here. Bugs will attract bugs. If the spiders are hungry for your unwelcomed garden pests, they will have a feast if they are in the area.

List Of Natural Organic Pesticides

Natural pest control organic pesticides are made by other organisms, usually for their own defense, or are derived from a natural source such as a mineral or plant. Plants produce many natural pesticides that they use for their own defense against insects and disease organisms.

Oil spray insecticide
Soap spray insecticide
Neem oil insecticide
Diatomaceous earth as a natural pesticide
Garlic insecticide spray
Chile pepper insecticide spray

Neem oil and diatomaceous earth are packaged, ready to use, and available here.

Homemade Garden Pest Control Recipies

Natural pest control can be produced with simple on-hand pantry items.

An easy and basic homemade insecticide made from vegetable oil mixed with a little mild castile soap can control certain popular insects, such as aphids, mites, and thrips.

To make a basic oil spray insecticide, mix 1 cup of vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon of soap (cover and shake thoroughly), and then when ready to apply, add 2 teaspoons of the oil spray mix with 1 quart of water, shake thoroughly, and spray directly on the surfaces of the plants which are being affected by the little pests.

The oil coats the bodies of the insects, so the insects must be present to effectively kill them by suffocating, as it blocks the pores through which they breathe.

Another natural pest control is garlic. It is well-known for its pungent aroma, which is delectable to some and yet repellent to others, and it is this strong scent that comes into play when used as a natural insecticide.

To make a basic garlic spray, take 2 whole bulbs (not just 2 cloves) and puree them in a blender or food processor with a small amount of water. Quart of water. Let the mixture sit overnight, then strain it into a quart jar, adding 1/2 cup of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of mild liquid soap, and enough water to fill the jar.

To use this homemade insecticide, use 1 cup of mixture with 1 quart of water and spray liberally on infested plants.

Natural Pest Control Pros And Cons

Benefits of using natural pest control

They are more friendly to the environment Using natural pesticides is a way to stay organic and reduce your chemical footprint. Generally, pesticides created from natural means are much more environmentally friendly.

Natural pest control works better over the long run because pests are less likely to develop a tolerance to them. This means that over a long period of time, these pesticides will be more effective than one’s pests have developed a resistance to.

Natural pest control may be healthier for you, your pets, and your children. This is especially true if you use pesticides in a food garden, like the vegetables and fruits you intend to consume.

Natural pest control can improve the quality of your soil, resulting in better overall plant growth. It may also mean fewer chances of contamination. This is a big part of why natural pesticides are considered a solid step toward going green.

Cons of natural pest control

Sorry to report this. Nothing is ever completely perfect, especially when it comes to the use of pesticides. So, here are some of the cons of using natural pesticides.

Natural pesticides may be more costly than synthetic ones So, unfortunately, many people who want to use only natural products may not be able to use them. This is part of why synthetic pesticides still remain popular.

Not all products will be effective. Some natural products may be much less effective than synthetic ones. This largely depends on the ingredients used in the pesticide.

Delay of effectiveness. Using natural pesticides may also take much longer for them to work than with conventional synthetic products. And with the delay, you might see increased pests during this time.

These natural chemicals may not be as strong as their laboratory-grown counterparts, so you may require more knowledge to use them properly. This is so you can make sure they are effective enough to work.

You should not assume that it is completely safe. It is also important to note that just because a product is labeled as “natural”, you should not assume that it is completely safe for humans, pets, or the environment.

When using natural pesticides, you should take any of the same precautions that you do with synthetic ones. And as always, call your local poison control center if you accidentally consume or breathe in any natural chemicals.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

* Copy This Password *

* Type Or Paste Password Here *

3,544 Spam Comments Blocked so far by Spam Free Wordpress

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>