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5 Home Remedies for Backyard Pests


Blog by Joette Fielding | April 29th, 2014


5 Home Remedies for Backyard PestsEven the most beautiful gardens can lead to the company of unwanted creepy crawlers and pesky rodents treating your plants like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Before resorting to chemical pesticides to ward off garden pests, try using these all-natural home remedies that are safer for the environment, animals and your family. And remember, some creatures are beneficial to the health of your plants (while others remain a not-so-welcome disturbance). Here’s how to battle off the bad ones.

Use Your Hands

Pests may not respond well to words, but they don’t have much defense when it comes to your hands! Get rid of big bugs like caterpillars, tomato hornworms and snails the old fashioned way – by picking them off your plants. Grossed out? Wear gloves to ease the ick factor.

Compost 101

It’s important to take certain precautions when composting if you have a pest problem. First, don’t compost diseased leaves. Make sure to pick them off and throw them away, or else the disease will continue to spread. Second, cover up your compost pile – it will help to discourage those troublesome raccoons from visiting your garden (and hopefully your house too).

Fence Up

A fence is just about the best protection to shield your garden from small rodents, rabbits, squirrels and insects. There are many different types of fencing. If rabbits frequent your garden, be sure to dig the fence deep into the ground to prevent them from digging around it. Lightweight row covers (that basically look like sheets of fabric) are effective in preventing insects and rodents from eating your crop. Alternatively, lightweight netting is ideal for barricading birds away from fruit trees.

Repellents

An all-natural alternative to chemical pesticides, scent repellents such as garlic clips, castor oil and hot pepper spray are effective solutions to deter most pests, as long as the usage is monitored and applied regularly.

Nature’s Course

Remember that not all pests are harmful to your garden. Bugs like bees, certain species of beetles, ladybugs and praying mantis are actually beneficial to the life cycle of your plants, as they feed on the harmful pests that destroy your garden. Depending on the pest problem, it may be wise to let nature take its course!

 

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