Every day, we’re surrounded by so many chemicals and toxins it’s hard to breathe just thinking about them. Many of us combat this by trying to live a healthier lifestyle by buying organic fruits and vegetables. Not only are they healthier for you, but it’s also healthier for the planet. Anyone who has purchased organic produce knows it can be a tinge more expensive, but it’s worth it… right? But what about organic pest control?
What is Organic Farming?
Organic farming has risen in popularity substantially over the past ten years. Organic farmers use techniques such as crop rotation, composting and using insect predators to help their crops mature. Unfortunately, without the use of chemical pesticides, these healthy techniques can cost a bit more. Some say the end result is worth the extra cost though.
There are many pesticides that are known to cause adverse effects on humans. By avoiding foods contaminated by pesticides, you run a lesser risk of contracting certain diseases. But, by eating only organic foods, it doesn’t guarantee you will not still be affected, it only gives you better odds. The pro’s of creating your own organic garden is that you know exactly how your food is being grown. You can control your environment, to some degree, and how you choose to get rid of your pests naturally.
There are many ways to create an organic garden. First, start with a good compost system. You can purchase a good compost bin at your local hardware store. A big PRO for composting is you’re using organic garbage you would have likely tossed away, such as grass clippings and leaves. There are also many food items you can toss into the compost bin as long as it doesn’t smell. Items such as leftover meats, dairy, and table scraps are not good to add.
CONS of composting though, animals and insects are drawn to its’ scent. Partly why you need to refrain from tossing table scraps into the bin. Raccoons love to dig through compost in the hopes of finding a yummy snack. Beatle larva also enjoys nibbling away at the compost as well, which turns out to be both a good and a bad situation. By the larva eating the grass, they actually help the compost become dirt faster, which is a huge PRO! A big CON, with the arrival of spring, those larvae become beetles that enjoy nibbling on your plants. Also, another CON is you have to remember to water your compost bin frequently, or the compost won’t turn out the right consistency.
Keeping Insects Out Organically
There are many methods to naturally keeping insects from nibbling away at your fruits and vegetables. The first method is to use floating row covers. The fabric barrier comes in rolls, four to eight feet wide. A big PRO for using the fabric is it also helps block weeds from taking over your garden. The CON is that you typically can only use it for one season.
Okay, how about keeping insects away? That’s why many of us really want to grow our own organic garden, so we’re not concerned with pesticides. It’s a good reason, that is until you start to grow your beautiful garden and one morning you find half of your plants have been eaten overnight. There are many insects, rodents and other pests who love to make a salad out of your garden, which makes it extremely difficult not to reach for your can of bug spray. And there is simply no way to reason with a hungry slug or grasshopper.
There are many companies that offer organic pesticides, guaranteed not to harm your family or the Earth. Some are effective, but you pay a hefty price. You can also use home remedies like planting garlic, hot peppers or marigolds in your garden along with your vegetables to keep out some unwanted pests. You can also sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth around the perimeter of your garden to keep out slugs and snails. If you happen to live in an area that allows chickens, consider adopting one. They do a wonderful job of eating insects, especially on the ground, which might cause harm to your garden.
Ultimately, the number one PRO for growing your own organic garden is you have control. The CON… it’s very expensive and time-consuming. Often, growing your own organic foods will cost far more than buying them from the store. The little extra you pay is well worth not having to hassle with growing your own organic garden.
AIPM Can Help
If bugs in your garden are making you red in the face, then it’s time to call in the professionals. AIPM is owned and operated by University graduates who majored in Biology and Pest Management. They know how to handle all types of garden insect problems. They can eliminate the threats to your property while setting up a custom plan to ensure that you never have to face the same type of infestation again. Contact us and receive a free consultation today!