Organic Pest Control – What Are Natural Pesticides?
A pesticide is a substance that kills organisms that we categorize as pests like weeds, microbes or damaging insects that have the power to cause diseases. Natural pesticides, on the other hand, are derived from a natural source like plants or minerals. They are also made by other organisms usually for their own protection.
Organic pesticides are pesticides made from natural ingredients. The chemicals present in these pesticides are derived from botanical and mineral sources. The compounds present to break down quickly and are considered less threatening. However, they must be used carefully.
What Is Organic Pest Control?
If your garden has been attacked by pests, you primarily need to identify the invader. Research and get to know more about your enemy. Google it or ask a local garden expert. Once you have successfully identified the pest, you can now take promising proactive measures to protect your garden. There are a variety of organic pest control methods available including minerals, strategic techniques of gardening and chemicals.
What Can I Spray on My Vegetable Garden to Kill Bugs?
There are many alternatives to choose from when planning to kill garden bugs
- Spinosad is a bacterium that kills pests like beetles, mites, and borers. Once it has dried, it will kill insects that ingest it. You can spray it in the evening when these are not active and reduce your chances of harming other insects that are useful for the crops. It is available in dust and liquid forms.
- Rotenone is an organic pest controller that is a bit toxic even for some mammals. It is found in seeds and stems of plants. You should avoid using it near any water body as it is harmful to fishes. It kills caterpillars, aphids, and beetles. It has a considerably slow reaction process and will take a few days time to show useful results.
- Pyrethrin is a very widely used insecticide. It is an extract of the chrysanthemum plant. Due to its nontoxic nature, it is the safest choice.
- Bacillus Thuringiensis, also known as BT is a naturally available bacteria that sicken the pests when they are ingested. You will need to spray them on the leaves that the caterpillars feed on as it is useful only on being eaten.
It is sprayed in direct sunlight as it minimizes its effect within a few hours. You will need to repeat the spray for about a week till you don’t see any caterpillars in your garden.
Can You Spray Plants with Vinegar?
Although vinegar has been recommended for increasing the pH levels of the soil, the effects of this are temporary and require an enormous amount of vinegar in the garden before anything considerable occurs.
Vinegar makes effective organic weed killers that give instant results. Spraying this solution directly on grass rips off the foliage's cuticle that protects the plant cells from losing much water. This dries the weed. However, vinegar should not be used close to driveways as it stains concrete. Herbicides containing vinegar works best when the weather is warm and dry.
Although, if vinegar solutions are added to the soil in spite of spraying it onto the plant, it will kill the weeds by lessening the soil pH level. That is to the point that it cannot sustain the plants. The acidifying effect can take some time, ranging from a few months to a year depending on the type of soil.