Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Organic Control of Common Garden Pests

Want to know what the common garden pests are and how you can get rid of them? This is the info-graphic for you!

Common Garden Pests and How to Manage Them

Common Garden Pests and How to Manage Them

Living at a homestead makes it a guarantee that you’ll encounter more bugs than you probably want to. Some are beneficial and some are, well, pests. It doesn’t really end with bugs, you also have your worms and other pesky critters. So if you want to find out which ones are good and bad and what you can do to get rid of them, get more information with this info-graphic!

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Common Garden Pests and How to Manage Them
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Getting Rid of Garden Pests

Which insects benefit your garden?

Get to know which is a friend and which one is a foe!

Say “Yes” to these helpful bugs:

  • Bees
  • Ladybugs
  • Spiders
  • Green Lacewings
  • Praying Mantis
  • Ground Beetles
  • Small Pirate Bugs
  • Predator Flies
  • Parasitic Wasps
  • Centipedes
  • Earwigs
  • Ants

Keep these pests out:

Cabbage Worm

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  • Tomato Horn Worms
  • Cabbage Worms
  • Cabbage Moths
  • Mites
  • Slugs and Snails
  • Cutworms
  • Flea Beetles
  • White Flies and Aphids
  • Carrot Rust Flies
  • Squash Vine Borers
  • Mexican Bean Beetles
  • Parsley Worms

What’s Eating My Plant?

How to recognize common pests by leaf damage they cause.
Garden Pests
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LEAF DAMAGE: Deformed leaves, sucking damage.
Thrips and mites
Pests in the Garden
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LEAF DAMAGE: Discolored leaves, sucking damage
Beetles, caterpillars and sawflies
Pest Bettles
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LEAF DAMAGE: Chewed or skeletonized leaves
Cynipid wasps, certain aphids, psyllids, and mites
Leaf Deformity
LEAF DAMAGE: Leaf galls (abnormal plant growths)
Beetle, fly or moth larvae
Garden Pest
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LEAF DAMAGE: Leaf mines (white patterns on leaves)
Caterpillars, tree crickets and spiders
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LEAF DAMAGE: Folded leaves
Certain mites or some caterpillars
Caterpillar on Leaves | Garden Pests and How to Manage Them
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LEAF DAMAGE: Rolled Leaves
Slugs and snails
Slugs on Leaves | Garden Pests and How to Manage Them
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LEAF DAMAGE: Chewed leaves, slime trails.

Plants That Naturally Repel Pests

Now that you know what you’re dealing with. It’s time to find out how to repel them the natural way.
Marigold Flower
TO REPEL: mosquitoes, aphids
Nasturtium Flower
TO REPEL: Whiteflies, cabbage loopers, aphids, many beetles, squash bugs
Petunia Flower
TO REPEL: Aphids, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, squash bugs, tomato hornworms
growing basil indoors
TO REPEL: Houseflies, mosquitoes
TO REPEL: Moths, fleas, flies, mosquitoes
Lemongrass, Lemon Thyme, Lemon Balm, Mint, Rosemary
Rosemary Plant

TO REPEL: Mosquitoes
TO REPEL: Whiteflies, cabbage loopers, cabbage maggots, corn earworms, whiteflies, tomato hornworms
use Dill Plant to repel garden pests
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TO REPEL: Aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers, tomato hornworms
Also See: 5 Basic Gardening Tips & Tricks

Easy, Safe, Kitchen Remedies to Get a Handle on Garden Pests

Not only can you use certain plants to repel these pests, you can also use some stuff from the kitchen to manage them.
Cinnamon for Fungus
use cinammon to repel garden pests
Sprinkle on seedlings affected by damping-off disease (a fungus that proliferates in the damp seedling environment and attacks and kills the young stems and roots).
Garlic for All Insect Pests
use garlic to repel garden pests
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Make a garlic plant spray by pureeing two bulbs of garlic. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over garlic, cover, and steep overnight. Strain, put in a spray bottle. Spray the bottoms of leaves daily, every few days, or once per week.
Orange and Banana Peels for Ants and Aphids
use orange and banana peels to repel ants and aphids in your garden
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Orange peels contain d-Limonene, which breaks down the waxy coating on ants and aphids and kills them. Cut up peels and bury one to two inches deep in soil. Alternatively, scatter peels around stems or hang from branches.
Milk for Mildew
Use milk to combat mildew in your garden
Mix with equal parts water and apply to tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, and other plants to control mildew.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Aphids and Fruit Flies
use Apple Cider Vinegar to repel garden pests
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Put a small amount of apple cider vinegar in a jar next to plants. Aphids and fruit flies will be attracted, fall in, and drown.
Hot Peppers or Ginger for All Insect Pests (also deters rodents)
use Ginger to repel garden pests
Fresh Ginger

Both contain capsaicin, which burns insects. Combine 1 quart of water, 1 squirt of castile soap, and 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper or ginger. Try on a small portion of plant first. Dilute further if it causes leaf damage.
Baking Soda for Fungus
use Baking Soda to repel garden pests
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Mix 3 tablespoons in a quart of water and put in a spray bottle. Spray plants every few days until the fungus is gone.
Beer for Snails and Slugs
you can use beer to repel slugs and snails from your garden
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Put a little beer in a shallow container and place it in the garden. Slugs and snails crawl in, but can’t crawl out.
Castile Soap for Aphids, Spider Flies, White Flies
use Castile Soap to repel aphids and flies from your garden
via the CRUNCHY Urbanite

Mix 5 tablespoons soap with 1 gallon of water. Test on small portion. If the solution damages the foliage, dilute further.
Eggshells for Slugs, Cutworms, other Insects
use Eggshells to repel slugs and other pests from your garden
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Crush shells and sprinkle them on top of the soil around stems. Slugs, cutworms, and other insects are repelled by the sharp edges.

Do you think you’ll be giving these tips and tricks a try? Let us know below in the comments! :)

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