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Top Natural Pest Control Methods for a Healthy Garden

NUS Garden 300x225 Top Natural Pest Control Methods for a Healthy GardenYour 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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No more escargot! How to remove snails and slugs from your garden

Grapevinesnail 01 300x176 No more escargot! How to remove snails and slugs from your gardenYou work hard on making your garden gorgeous. Unfortunately, there are plenty of predators out there to damage your beautiful array of vegetables, plants and flowers! If snails and slugs are hurting your gardening efforts, here are some ways to get rid of them for good.

1. Remove them manually

Before you do anything too drastic, take a look at the slug and snail situation you have now. Remove them slowly using a flat knife. Placing them 20 feet away from your garden area can be just as good as termination.

2. Create barriers

You want the garden to be hard to get through for these pests. Using mulch around the plants and flowers can deter them. Take a combination of pine needles, old leaves and bark pieces and place it around your plants.

3. Copper tape

Putting a copper strip around your garden can deter these pests from entering your space. Copper tape can be found at most plant nurseries. The copper reacts with the slime that the slug and snail produces, and sends a small electric shock to them when they touch it.

4. Honey and yeast

Make a honey and yeast trap to get rid of slugs. Take a cup of boiling water with one part of honey and one part of yeast. Allow this mixture to cool down. Create a small hole in your garden where the slugs usually gather and fill the hole with the concoction.

5. Beer

Take a jar and fill it with dark ale beer. Dig a hole and make it so the jar is only one inch above the soil. Slugs are attracted to beer and will fall down into the hole. They will become submerged in the alcohol and drown.

6. Plant other plants

Planting other plants can deter slugs from ruining your garden. Plant items like mint, chives, ginger, garlic, chicory and red cabbage. Most slugs don’t like the taste or texture of these plants.

7. Change your watering routine

Snails enjoy the moist earth. That’s why they love coming out at night after people water their garden. Say goodbye to snail damage by simply changing up your watering routine. If you water in the morning instead of the afternoon, the soil will be dry by nighttime.

It isn’t always easy getting rid of garden predators. However, with these tips and techniques should help. But if you need professional help, contact Clegg’s online or by phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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My garden is ruined! Tips to keep the wildlife away!

Colonial Williamsburg 2464331014 300x200 My garden is ruined! Tips to keep the wildlife away!You have a beautiful garden and you don’t want to see it destroyed by pests and animals. Don’t fret! There are ways to avoid this unfortunate outcome. Using mulch, fences, raised beds, scare tactics, live traps and spray repellent, here are some ways to keep out unwanted garden guests.

1. Put up a fence

To deter animals from coming in your garden, you may want to place a fence around the area. Since deer are great jumpers, it’s best to make your fence high. You’ll want to create an eight foot barrier to keep your plants safe.

2. Build a raised bed

To prevent rabbits from coming into your vegetable garden, you may want to consider building a raised bed for your plants. This provides several advantages to you as a gardener. Using stock lumber to build your raised bed, your soil will be warmer. That also means it won’t become compacted under your feet.

3. Use spray repellent

You can easily keep aphids and slugs away from your garden when you use a nonchemical pest spray that you can easily make at home. Place a peeled onion, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and two peeled garlic cloves in the blender. Add in three cups of water and blend the concoction until it’s smooth. Strain the liquid in a spray bottle after you’ve let it sit overnight. Coat the plants well in the morning.

4. Place mulch around your plants

Take some mulch and place it between the plants and vegetables in your garden. Many things can be used as mulch. Simply take a mixture of wood bark and old pine straw needles. Animals are usually fearful when it comes to walking over these mulched areas.

5. Set up live traps

If you’re worried about the health of the animal and don’t want to kill them, you can use live traps in your garden. Many of these traps are made of some sort of steel mesh that comes in different sizes. Using crackers or vegetables, you can lure the animal into the cage and lock them in.

6. Scare them off 

If you’d simply rather scare the animals off, you can use a variety of auditory and visual devices to do so. These may include ultrasonic repellers or water sprayers that are motion activated. You might want to use visual devices like faux predators or reflective tape.

To contact a professional pest control service that help you keep the wildlife away from your garden, contact Clegg’s online or phone at 888-672-5344.

 

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My Dog Eats Insects: Safe or Dangerous

white dog eating My Dog Eats Insects: Safe or DangerousPuppies love to play, stalk, and eat insects whether we are watching them or not. Many never outgrow their fascination with little critters. It can be alarming since to us when we consider how fast their fun time can turn ugly in a quick gulp. If only we could tell them what to watch out for.

Are Bugs Safe to Eat?

Luckily, many are harmless, and some may even be nutritious. Grasshoppers are high in protein and fat free. However, the occasional bug does pose a small risk if it is one of the few that are poisonous. Bugs that typically prey on animals, such as ticks, mosquitos or cockroaches, are common carriers of parasites that can inflict serious health problems if left untreated, so if your pet is bitten, they may require immediate treatment.

Bug Prevention

We can limit their exposure by keeping dogs in areas that have a minimal amount of pests. Areas around their bedding should be regularly inspected and kept clutter free so that bugs cannot hideout. Outdoor bug prevention may also include routinely raking up leaves, mowing, and eliminating areas that are prone to accumulate standing water.

Dog Care

Walking dogs on a short leash will help you prevent them from any questionable encounters. Annual parasite screenings by a veterinarian will ensure that developing issues are thwarted. Monthly deworming combats parasites contracted from soil and the occasional digested bug.

Ultimately, you are never going to completely be able to protect them. There will always be the occasional run in with a bug since it is a part of a dog’s life to be outdoors in nature. If you’re noticing an unordinary population of crawly things in general, you may need to get your home and yard treated in addition to ordinary maintenance.

If you have any more questions about keeping your dogs and pets safe or to request professional service, contact Clegg’s online or phone us at 888-672-5344.

 

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Non-Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your Garden

800px View of flower beds   Longwood Gardens   DSC00828 300x199 Non Chemical Solutions for Pest Control in Your GardenTending to your garden is important to you, and caring for your flowers and plants naturally matters. Creating a beautiful garden takes time, dedication and upkeep. You know the work involved in maintaining a gorgeous bed of flowers and plants, but you don’t want to use unnatural chemicals to preserve their beauty.

Fortunately, there are ways to care for your garden naturally. Here are some alternative options that can make a big difference.

Insecticidal Soaps

Before the popularity of poisonous pesticide came on the scene, insecticidal soaps were the go-to choice of most gardeners. Now that natural options are becoming more widespread, gardeners can avoid using such strong and toxic chemicals.

Insecticidal soaps are made up of potassium fatty acid soaps that are meant to control pests. The soap acts on contact, removing the wax that protects the insect’s body, which causes them to lose much-needed water and die. Essentially, it dries the pest out.

Before covering the plant with insecticidal soap, you’ll want to test it out beforehand. When you’re ready to use it, spray the soap all over the plant, but not where it causes runoff on the leaves. To be effective, avoid spraying your plants with insecticidal soaps during the warmest parts of the afternoon.

Beneficial Insects

Want to use other insects to do your dirty work? You can with beneficial bugs that get rid of your pests for good! You can choose to attract these beneficial insects to your garden, or buy them from a catalog.

Get some ladybugs that feast on mites, aphids and whiteflies. Nematodes dine on cutworms, beetles and root weevil larvae. Praying mantises are larger in size and can eat most garden pests they find.

Coverings

Do you think you’ll want to protect your flowers and plants with a barrier of some sort? You might want to consider a type of covering for your garden. This non-chemical solution offers pest control and climate control: two components that are incredibly important to the well-being of your plants and flowers.

A garden cloche can protect potted plants, plants already in the ground or beginning seedlings. It acts like a greenhouse, shielding them from harsh weather, wind and harmful insects. There are also extendable row covers that can cover a four-foot space. From reusable dome covers to larger-framed portable cloches, you can buy some for your garden, or even make them yourself.

Experiment with these options and choose what’s right for you. Keep your garden protected using non-chemical solutions that save your flowers and plants from unwelcome intruders.

If you have any more questions about ways to care for your garden naturally, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?

Woodlouse Pillbug 300x225 Are Roly Polys Good or Bad for Your Garden?Roly Polys are also known as pill bugs, wood lice, armadillo bugs or potato bugs. Even though most people think of Roly Polies as bugs, they are actually part of the Crustacean family and are more closely related to shrimp and crayfish than the other real garden bugs.

Children love to play with Roly Polys because they are easy to find and collect, are not slimy, and do not bite or sting. Chickens and other birds find these little guys very tasty and these non-bugs are also wonderful soil conditioners because they process decomposing matter and speed up composting progression.

Pest control experts and master gardeners say there is a down side and sometimes the population must be controlled before the beloved Roly Polys become a pest.

Roly Polys like very moist habitats and are found under rocks and frequently where lawns meet sidewalks and foundations. These critters will not survive without moisture so they are always found in moist habitats with dead plant material for their food.

If there is a lack of dead plant material, Roly Polys are known to eat young and tender plants and some gardeners have declared them the culprits that destroy the marigolds, but other gardeners dispute this and insist that the wrongdoers are more likely the slugs.

Most gardeners consider Roly Polys an asset to a garden as opposed to a pest problem because they work such wonders with the moist decaying material that will be compost one day soon.

Since Roly Polys can live for several years and produce 3 broods per year of between 25 to 200 offspring per event, they multiply fast and that is the downside. Thousands of creepy crawly little critters are unpleasant no matter how cute and fun they are to play with. Because moisture and dead plant material is what sustains them, they reproduce very close to, and sometimes inside a home because they love the area where the garden meets the foundation.

In moist regions where the growing season and the rainy season are one and the same, finding clumps of hundreds of little bug like creatures every time vegetables or flowers are harvested can get tiresome. A trusted pest control expert will know how to achieve the perfect balance of maintaining the right populations of beneficial creatures in any garden habitat without making the human inhabitants cringe.

For pest control services, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

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