Your garden is the place where you spend time relaxing and tending to your flowers and plants, and you may even use that space to grow healthy fruits and vegetables for your family. Pesticides contain a number of chemicals and toxins that can leach onto that produce and harm your family, but those chemicals can also leech into other areas of your garden and kill your grass and plants. There are a few natural treatments that you can try before you call for professional help.
Use Natural Enemies
If you have insects and other pests eating your plants and ruining the look of your garden, look for the natural enemies of those pests. Aphids can infest an entire garden and take over your lawn, but aphids and ladybugs don’t get along. You can buy ladybugs in bulk from many online stores and have the bugs delivered right to your house. Those ladybugs will drive away all the aphids. Bats are another natural enemy, and if you worry about having bats around your house, keep in mind that the animals generally have a fear of humans and won’t bother you. You can place a bat house near your garden, and the bats will eat many of the more common household pests.
Reach for Essential Oils
Many of the more common pests found outside dislike the strong scent of citrus essential oils. These oils often come from the natural skin or zest of lemons, limes and oranges. Fill a plastic spray bottle ¾ of the way to the top with water and top off with distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Add a few drops of essential oil in a citrus scent to the bottle before spraying it on and around your garden. Spray the solution at least twice a day for one week or longer.
Other Natural Remedies
There are hundreds of recipes and natural remedies that you can find online for garden insects or pests. Some recipes call for a solution of hand soap and water, while others tell you to put down rock salt on your garden. Soap, salt and remedies that call for other ingredients may kill your plants at the same time that those treatments kill your bugs.
Clegg’s Termite & Pest Control can control those pests without damaging your lawn or garden. Contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.
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