Four All-Natural Methods of Pest Prevention

User Rating: 4.8 (1 votes)

As the third millennium advances, the debate between advocates of industrially-produced substances and eco-conscious environmentalists rages on. While the former camp insists that natural remedies will never yield the results of substances produced en masse, the latter group argues that industry has done enough damage already. Studies indicate that the total amount of pesticides and herbicides used in North America is on a rampant increase; currently, the per capita volume of pesticides applied within a single year stands at 136 pounds. It’s true that some pests cannot be done away with through non-toxic means. Yet it is equally true that prevention, rather than elimination, can be handled with natural, organic solutions. If you’re trying to make your home and garden ‘greener’, but also get rid of pests, here are a few pointers on what you can do yourself, before calling in the exterminator.

Pest Prevention

  • Know your garden. If you have a green thumb, you’re probably well-acquainted with each square inch of your garden and know how to spot an ailing or pest-infested plant. These plants usually stand as the weakest link in the health chain of your garden. As such, if you spot a flower or shrub that looks like it’s already been infested, it’s best to control the situation by removing said plant altogether.
  • Healthy soil nurtures. You can’t expect a garden to thrive, to stay healthy, and to be pest-free, if you’re neglecting the composition of your soil. Depending on where you live (climate and soil quality included), you will want to ensure that pests are deterred and plants are favored, by topping the soil in your garden with mulch, compost, and fertilizer.
  • Shoo off pests. While some infestations are more difficult to spot, they are also usually indicative of an older problem in your garden. In other words, you’ve been allowing insects to develop a habitat on your property and failed to acknowledge their presence in due time. Make sure that the mulch you’re using is clean, clear out debris on a regular basis (especially in early spring and late autumn) and remove any harmful pests you come across.
  • Rotate crops. This is a great way to make sure you don’t get a repeat on a particular infestation. Over the winter, pests will tend to stay in the same bed they occupied over the fertile season. However, if you alternate your crops, and aerate, re-seed, and refertilize your soil, you will likely force them to vacate the premises before the new crop emerges. As a matter of fact, inter-planting and rotating crops is one of the oldest and best methods of pest control.