If you have a vegetable garden, you surely appreciate the nutrition that comes from the garden and the good health that it promotes. Success in maintaining a healthful diet lies not only in eating healthful foods, but also in avoiding harmful chemicals that commercially grown food can sometimes contain. Using an all-natural bug spray to control pests in the vegetable garden can alleviate concerns about chemical pesticides.
Since you have a vegetable garden, you already know that your vegetables are vulnerable to insect damage. Tomatoes are damaged by the big, alien-looking tomato horn worm and potatoes by the potato cutworm. Smaller insects, such as aphids and scale do their share of damage to a wide array of vegetable plants, as well.
Many insects can be controlled without spraying. Horn worms and spittle bugs can be picked and squashed by hand, while aphids can be blown off a plant with a strong spray from the garden hose. Polyester row covers can protect squash, cucumbers and strawberries, among others, from egg-laying insects and leaf eaters. Good plant culture, such as planting in sufficient sunlight and spacing plants properly can often keep the pest population at tolerable levels.
Carbaryl — often known as Sevin — kills a wide array of insects and can be used up to the day of harvest. Bacillus thuringiensis — Bt — is a bacterium that kills many insect larvae. Horticultural oil and insecticidal soap products are often favored by organic gardeners and are avilable in ready-to-use spray forumulations. These products are harmless to humans and pets. Pyrethrin, derived from chrysanthemum plants, is a natural pesticide that quickly disappears from the plant and soil.
You can make your own insect spray from harmless kitchen ingredients. Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of fresh cooking oil to make an effective, all-natural bug-killing concentrate that can be mixed as needed. A solution of 4 teaspoons of concentrate diluted with 1 pint of water in a spray bottle is effective against many soft-bodied insects, such as aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. Spray the mixture generously on the tops and bottoms of leaves, as well as the stems, for effective control.
Even when using all-natural bug sprays, care should be given not to overuse a pesticide. Overuse can kill beneficial insects; there is no use in killing pollinating insects or insect-eating predators, such as lady bugs and praying mantis. Make sure your product is labeled for your target pest and always use according to label instructions. Spray only affected plants.
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