The truth is that most home gardening projects don’t require the use of harmful chemicals. In fact, you can control pests naturally with simple practices like making sure your plants receive adequate water and sunlight, keeping your soil healthy, and planting pest-resistant varieties. So before you call the pest man, try these tips to keep your lawn and garden pest free.
Planting the Right Plants for Your Garden
The first step in planning your garden is to decide what you want to grow. There are many different types of plants that can be grown, and each has its own benefits. Some plants are good at growing quickly, while others take longer to mature but produce more fruit or flowers. Knowing which type of plant will work best for your needs can help you plan a successful garden. In Texas, plants like citronella can help discourage pests. Additionally, lemongrass, marigold, and Chrysanthemums are great at detouring a variety of common garden invaders.
Keep Your Garden Healthy
Pull out any weak plants if they look unhealthy. These plants commonly attract pests to your garden and they could have diseases that may spread to other plants, compounding the problem. Additionally, you want to water earlier in the day so your foliage stays dry for the majority of the day. If you can, install a drip irrigation system that delivers water directly to the roots of your plants. This helps to keep your plants healthy while preventing overwatering – which can attract more pests.
Use Beneficial Pests In Your Garden
Another great way to keep unwanted pests away naturally is to introduce useful insects to prey on harmful ones. Here are some native species that are great for certain types of pests.
Ladybugs: These colorful insects help control aphids, mites and whitefly.
Lacewings: They are effective against aphids and other common garden pests.
Praying Mantis: These insects eat most garden pests.
Aphids, spider mites and white flies can kill your plants by feeding on their leaves and sucking the sap out of them. If you see signs of aphid infestation such as wilted, curled, and blotted leaves, it’s time to take action. Spray your plants with a solution of one part liquid dish soap to three parts warm water. This mixture won’t hurt your plants, but it will kill aphids and other pests like spider mites.
Essential oils can also be used around your home and garden to detour pests. Essential oils, such as peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender, can help keep housekeeping pests under check. Mix a few drops in some water and spray them around your garden, in cabinets, and in other places that are likely to house pests.
Keep a Clean Home
Perhaps one of the most obvious tips for preventing and deterring pests naturally is to keep your home clean. Remove food, crumbs, and sticky spots around your house. Ants, for example, seek out food sources that contain sugars, such as table sugar, honey, and molasses. Additionally, make sure your trash cans are properly sealed, you pick up after your pets, and you store pet food in sealed containers.
Hire a Professional
If you’ve tried the tips above and you’re still dealing with pests, then call a pest exterminator like Stampede Pest Control. Our team services Houston, Austin, and the surrounding areas with safe and effective pest solutions. We use only pesticides derived from Chrysanthemum flowers which are both pet and family-friendly. Additionally, we’re one of the most affordable pest companies and we guarantee our services.