If you have a garden in your backyard, it’s inevitable that you’ll be dealing with common household pests such as aphids, snails, slugs, mosquitoes, and caterpillars at some point. As implied by Delsea Termite and Pest Control some bugs in your garden are actually helpful, but many are just destroying your work, therefore, it’s important to send them packing. With that being said, you don’t need harsh and toxic chemicals to deter garden pests because most of the tips below are tried and true, and require very little in the way of preparation.
How To Deter Slugs And Snails
Slugs and snails usually come out during nighttime to nibble on your garden greens and leave your destroyed garden as evidence during daytime hours. If you’re opting for the humane way of ridding your garden of these pests, sprinkle crushed eggshells on the ground of your garden, especially beneath lettuce leaves. However, if you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty, you can leave out a shallow dish filled with beer beneath your most afflicted plants. Mollusks can’t resist beer and they will drown in the dish.
Fend Off Aphids
Most gardeners don’t know this, but aphids are born pregnant, therefore, they can multiply incredibly fast– good for them but bad for your plants! The easiest way to combat them is to plant plants that attract predators of aphids such as ladybugs, hover flies, praying mantids, and parasitic wasps. Strongly scented plants such as chives, yarrow, catnip, and basil fend off aphids.
Caterpillars are a tough crowd in that they’re harmful in their caterpillar form, but when they metamorphose into moths and butterflies, they’re actually beneficial to your garden. The easiest way to get rid of them is to manually pluck them from your garden as they’re easy to spot and usually, only a few will invade at a time. However, if you want to kill two birds with one stone, crushed eggshells not only work for mollusks, but for caterpillars as well. Since they have soft bodies, they will want to avoid the discomfort.
Almost every type of garden pest can be relocated or killed without the use of chemicals. In fact, it was once said that human urine can destroy ant hills! If you have a garden in your backyard, of any shape or size, it’s important to explore your options in terms of pest control.