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Spray insecticidal soap on chewing insects.
Pyrethrins are organic pesticides derived from chrysanthemums.
It’s easy to run to the store for herbicides and pesticides whenever weeds and bugs
invade our outdoor spaces. Chemicals can be useful in difficult situations if applied
properly. But most synthetic remedies are dangerous to people, pets and wildlife.
Plus, they generate toxic runoff that contaminates streams, lakes and groundwater.
Fortunately, organic alternatives can often be equally effective, and without harmful
Ask your county extension agent about natural controls specific to your situation.
In the meantime, here are a few ideas to get you started. Spray weeds with white
vinegar or a mixture of lemon juice and salt, or douse them with boiling water.
Attack unwanted insects with insecticidal soap or pyrethrin, an organic pesticide
derived from chrysanthemums. Try pheromone traps or trunk banding to discourage
codling moths and other climbing insects, such as root weevils. Turn a flower pot
filled with dry grass upside down to capture earwigs. Moisten a rolled-up newspaper
to attract snails and slugs. Intersperse vulnerable flowers and vegetables with
pungent “companion plants” that bugs hate—mint, garlic and marigolds, for example.
|Turn a flower pot filled with dry grass upside down to capture earwigs; moisten a rolled-up newspaper to attract snails and slugs.
Finally, fight bugs with bugs. Predators like lacewings, ladybugs, spiders, dragonflies
and praying mantises will be happy to rid you of aphids, mites and scale bugs. Just
remember that different pests may require different solutions.
||Predators like lacewings, ladybugs, spiders and praying mantises will be happy to rid you of aphids, mites and scale bugs.