5 Eco-Friendly Remedies for Common Insects and Bugs  

When it comes to maintaining a bug-free home or garden, there are various techniques that can help you eliminate pest infestation. Of course, you cannot remove the insects and bugs by hands- it is time-consuming and unhealthy. You need sustainable and less-intensive remedies such as the application of home-made insecticides which cannot harm your family, your garden soil, or your pets. The following Eco-friendly pest control methods are effective at ridding your property of bugging critters and safe enough for your family and the entire environment.

  • Oil spray

This is a pest control mixture you can prepare easily at your home. You need a mild soap and vegetable oil to make the oil spray. It is ideal for stubborn insects like aphids, thrips, and mites. Mix the two ingredients in these proportions: mix one tablespoon of soap with a cup of vegetable oil and shake thoroughly. Just before you apply the oil spray, mix two teaspoons of the oil with a quart of water. Spray the mixture directly on areas affected by aphids or similar insects. The oil will cover the body of the insect and suffocate them since they breathe through their skin pores.

  • Companion cropping

Companion plants deter insect pests from infesting the surrounding crops. They are the aromatic plants like sage, tansy, marigold, and basil which small bugs cannot stand. Plant them near your precious vegetables to keep pests away. For instance, thyme, dill, and mint are perfect companions for cabbages.

  • Soapy spray

This is another homemade pesticide which is effective in eradicating whiteflies, beetles, mites, aphids, and small bugs. This is how you make the soapy spray: mix one quart of water with one and a half teaspoons of mild soap. Apply the soapy spray directly on the affected parts of the plants. Like the oil spray, the soapy mixture blocks the breathing pores of the small insects to suffocate them. However, do not use it during a hot day; it is most effective early in the morning or late in the evening.

  • Aluminum foil

You can keep off the bothersome pests from your vegetable garden by placing strips of aluminum foil on the mulch. The foil reflects light and tends to illuminate the crops. You can also incorporate some old tinsel with the mulch to serve the same purpose.

  • Diatomaceous earth

It is derived from sedimentary rocks which contain diatoms (fossilized algae). It is abundant and used for a number of applications including pest control. It is not a poison but rather a dehydrator. It absorbs lipids from the exoskeleton of insects. It can control snails and slugs, plus other crawling bugs. In case it rains, consider reapplying diatomaceous earth.

Not every insect is harmful and applying harsh pesticides indiscriminately can bring negative effects to the entire ecosystem. Note that not every insecticide in the market labeled ‘natural’ is safe. Some chemicals have a greater potential to damage the environment and before you buy any product, make sure that you’ve chosen the most effective and least harmful. But to be on the safe side, use these 5 Eco-friendly pest control strategies.

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