Organic Insect Repellents and
Your organic gardening program will need to address
insect control methods. Those nasty, harsh chemicals that
effectively kill every insect around is not part of your arsenal.
Chemical insecticides can have long term harmful effect on you and
Fortunately, there is a wide range of organic insect
control methods. You may want to experiment with a variety of insect
control methods to see which works best for you and your plants.
Organic Insect Control can take a number of forms:
Insect repellents "repel" insects. Most organic
repellents do not kill the insects. Organic repellents may contain a
variety of agents. The most common repellents are garlic based. Many
insects do not like the oil of garlic, and will fly off in search of
Frequent application of organic repellents is often
needed, especially after heavy rains.
your own organic insect repellent sprays.
There are two types of companion plants: those that
compliment the nutrient needs of other plants, and those that
insects do not like. Plants that insects do not like, make great
companions to other plants in your organic garden. Planting onions
and garlic amid your organic vegetables, will repel a variety of
insects. In addition to providing insect protection, you can harvest
the onions and garlic, too. Marigolds are another great companion
A companion plant can also be one that insects like.
In South America, coffee growers plant banana trees around the
coffee crops. Insects like the sweet, banana plants and fruit, much
more than coffee plants.
Note: Plants that repel insects often make good
components of insect repellent sprays.
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One way to get harmful insects out of your organic
garden is to introduce and promote beneficial insects into your
garden. The most well known beneficial insects are lady bugs
and praying mantis. If you've got aphids, the lady bugs will thrive.
If you have a variety of insects, the praying mantis will find ample
You can actually purchase these beneficial insects,
and introduce them to your yard or garden.
Did you Know? They say Lady bugs bring good
luck. However, not if you are an aphid.
A fine mesh insect netting will keep even small
insects out of your garden. The fine mesh keeps insects out, yet
lets sunlight, air and moisture in. The amount of sunlight entering
and reaching your plants is dependent upon how fine the mesh is.
There is a wide range of insect an pest netting. A
1/4" to 3'8" mesh may be effective against Cicada and grasshopper
invasions. They are very effective against these pests,
some larger sized beetles, and a few other very large insects.
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For the vast majority of insects, a finer meshed
insect netting is required.
Pest and insect netting can be very effective against
flying and crawling (above ground) insects. But, they will not deter
insects that live in the soil.
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