Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Power of Natural

Using chemical sprays to control pests has proven to have many seriously harmful damages on the natural environment and human health. Reversing damages to ecosystems, plant and animal species, water contamination, crop loss, and human health has cost billions.

However, there was a time when products like Roundup did not exist and people used more natural methods to control pests. Biological Control is the practice of using natural means to maintain pests and plants. There are natural ingredients that can be used as effectively as chemical pesticides but lack the harmful side affects. Using these alternatives can lower your contribution to environmental pollution and economic cost by decreasing the dependency on chemical pesticides.

 Here are a few of the many many mixes you can make to use for pest control. These options won't harm your family or pets! You can find more here
Oil spray
Combine 1 tablespoon dish soap + 1 cup cooking oil, add 4 tsp soap and oil mix to 1 pint of water
Spray generously once every 7 days to control aphids, thrips, spider mites, and whiteflies
Baby shampoo spray
Combine 2 tablespoons baby shampoo with 1 gallon water
Spray generously and let sit for several hours before rinsing off with water. Do use the spray in the sun of on plants with hairy leaves
Garlic Spray
10-12 garlic cloves with 1 quart of water in a blender, allow to sit for 24 hours, then strain mixture through a cheesecloth into a jar and add 1 cup cooking oil. When ready to use combine ½ cup of garlic mix with 1 gallon water
Apply liberally to plants. The scent of garlic keeps many little pests away
Red pepper spray
Combine 1 tablespoon of red pepper powder, 6 drops of dish soap and 1 gallon of water. Mix thoroughly
Spray generously on plants for control of pests like leafhoppers, spittlebugs, beetles, and loopers
Salt spray
Combine 2 tablespoons salt with 1.5 gallons of warm water, allow to come to room temperature
Spray generously to control spider mites, caterpillars, cabbage worms, and chewing insects
Citrus spray
Boil 4 cups water, remove from heat, add 2 cups orange or lemon peel, let cool and strain.
Spray to repel white flies
Peppermint tea spray
Mix together 1 tablespoon peppermint essential oil with 1 quart water
Spray liberally, repels ants
Chrysanthemum flower tea
Boil 100 grams of dried chrysanthemum slower in 1 liter water for 20 minutes, strain and let cool
Spray generously. Chrysanthemum has a chemical component that attacks insect’s nervous system. Add organic neem oil for enhanced effectiveness.

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