Organic Pest Control

It can be really annoying!

You’ve spent all that time sorting the garden out.

Planned where all the vegetables and flowers would live.

You prepared the soil, set the planters and containers in position and filled them with potting compost.

You sowed the seed and watched them excitedly as they sprouted and flourished under your care.

Flowering plants have been grouped and arranged in the planters, troughs and containers and you have some nice beans in there too. Nice and handy for the kitchen.

All’s looking good. Plants couldn’t feel happier and it looks like there’ll be a bumper crop and those containers will look a picture.

Aphids on PlantThen one day it happened. A passing aphid, en route to somewhere, caught sight of a nice fresh shoot – one of yours as it happens –  and decided it might be worth a short detour to investigate. What a turn up for the books!

Not only are there shoots here and more over there, and there, and there, but when I’ve finished here there are a whole lot of different ones down there!

Wasn’t long before the family joined him and when I say family I mean extended,

like e-x-t-e-n-d-e-d family. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters, in laws, outlaws, and every type of distant cousin possible.

Not only was this shoot heavily overpopulated but every other shoot in the garden was besieged with aphid admirers.

But those succulent shoots appear none too flattered with the attention they’re attracting!

It’s time for action before your crops are decimated.

But none of that old chemical stuff here – let’s keep this clean and organic.

Ladybug Eating AphidIt’s time to call in the ‘A’ Team – this is a job for our friends the ladybugs.

Did you realize that each ladybug can munch through around 50 aphids a day? Added to that, when the ladybugs lay eggs in your garden the resulting larvae need to eat and guess what they have a healthy appetite for? Yup, you’ve guessed it – aphids.

In fact ladybugs and their larvae are not picky eaters. Given the opportunity they are quite partial to moth eggs, mites, scales, thrips, leaf hoppers, mealy bugs, chinch bugs, asparagus beetle larvae, whitefly and pretty much any other juicy, slow-moving insect they find in their in their path.

The Ladybug is certainly a brilliant ally to have on-side.

So how do you go about calling in these organic pest control critters?

Easy. There are live ladybugs for sale here. They can be winging their way  to your door within a few days of sending out an SOS.

Some 1500 of them will arrive in a special pack.

When they arrive just pop them into the fridge to keep them calm. Then at sundown when it’s cool, spray water around your plants and release a small amount of them. The water’s important because they’ll be thirsty after their journey. Having had a good drink they’ll settle down for the night. Tomorrow there’s work to be done. Watch out you unsuspecting aphids!

Release more every couple of days and watch your pest population rapidly decline.

Not all the ladybugs will stay with you though. Some will take off with their new-found freedom. But enough will stay to breed and set up a colony in your precious garden. When the next influx of pests arrive there’ll be fresh, young ladybugs ready in wait.

Ladybug on leafResult:

  • The ladybugs get to enjoy good meals.
  • You get to enjoy your flowers and crops.
  • The aphids and insects get their just desert.
  • And biodiversity reigns in your garden.
  • It’s a win-win all round.

1500 ladybugs will be sufficient for a 500 sq.ft. garden.

You can purchase ladybugs from here and right now there’s a discount.

At that price it’s affordable pest control.

Garden DaisiesOrganic Gardening Tips

Kevyn Juneau of University of Florida ran a short article giving some helpful tips for organically reducing the number of nuisance pests visiting our gardens. Interesting to see the lists he gives of plants that attract useful critters. One for beneficial insects and another for butterflies.

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