Why use Natural Pesticides?
Natural pesticides are much more healthier to use and pose less risk to our health and the environment compared to the synthetic pesticides. It is NOT old-fashioned to use natural pesticides but way smarter to do so. Some advanced organic gardeners don’t even use any natural pesticides or fungicides, because their soil structure and garden techniques encourage massive population of beneficials.
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Synthetic chemical insecticides often contain ingredients that kill beneficial insects such as bees that pollinate fruits and vegetables, ladybugs or butterflies, which are also helpful to have in a garden. What’s more, the use of synthetic chemical insecticides has long been associated with a variety of chronic health conditions such as cancer.
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Here are some suggestions by EWC supporters:
ANTS: Use Cloves. Just put them in your kitchen drawers, pantry, entry points. Smells great! Other alternatives: Bay leaves, cucumber peels sprinkled with salt, Cayenne pepper, chili pepper, dried peppermint, paprika, cinnamon, dried sage. Watch out for the pepper if you have pets! Cloves work brilliantly.
FLIES: Whole or ground cloves in a small muslin teabag, flypaper made with honey (my dog will stick to this more than the flies, so out for me. We have screens on our doors and windows so no fly problems.)
APHIDS: Ladybugs! Let’s nature take care of itself. Also squashing a few aphids around the infested plants releases a chemical signal that makes the other aphids drop from the plants and leave.
SPIDERS: Live and let live is good if they are not poisonous. After all eliminating spiders from your house you may just be making it a more hospitable place for numerous other creepy crawlies. Having said that I came across these natural spider deterrents:
- Orange Oil
- Eucalyptus leaves. I used Eucalyptus oil.
- Hedge Apples or pieces of Hedge Apples also called Osage orange
- Penny royal essential oil on a scrap of cloth
- Baking soda
- Prevention is better than cure:
- Clearing out unwanted vegetation from around your house, including Ivy or other vines, which are a haven for them. Seal all cracks that may lead spiders indoors.
- Clean house! Spiders like cardboard and clutter, so clean up all cardboard and make sure closets and underneath beds are clean and without places to hide. And do not leave clothing, towels, and other debris on the floor where spiders can find refuge.
- Keep trash bags and bins away from the house where spiders will lay in wait for bugs that are attracted to the garbage.
- Cover pet food.
- (Source: http://naturemoms.com/blog/2006/05/30/natural-ways-to-get-rid-of-spiders/)
Remember that products used for controlling pests may have an adverse effect on the good guys in your garden. An alternative is NOT to use any pesticides and let nature take care of itself. Lady bugs love aphids. So do the larvae of green lacewings. They are bright green insects about 3/4 inch long and have translucent iridescent wings.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make sure to wash all produce well before consuming. As with all pesticides, take care when applying to food bearing plants, and exercise caution when handling and storing.
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