Natural garden pest control

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pesticides have been linked to cancer, nerve damage, birth defects and other medical problems. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to control or eliminate common garden pests such as aphids, white flies and spider mites without resorting to dangerous pesticides.

Three of the best methods of natural pest control are incorporating pest-repellent plants into your garden, encouraging pest-reducing insects such as ladybugs to visit your plants, and applying home-brewed non-toxic pesticides.

Plants that repel pests

There are plants that you can add to your garden that repel pests. These include:

Companion planting

There are plants that can protect other plants from pests and disease and improve the flavour of certain food plants. Some examples include:


Make your own non-toxic pest repellents and insecticidal soaps

North Carolina’s Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance offers a number of recipes for non-toxic pesticides that you can make at home and apply to your plants with a spray bottle, including the following:

Annie B. Bond, Care2 Green Living Executive Producer, offers a recipe for all-natural insecticidal soap spray, which uses 1-2 tablespoons of a natural liquid soap such as Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap in a quart (4 cups) of water. Once this solution is mixed, it can be added to a spray bottle.

Attract beneficial predators such as Ladybugs, Praying Mantises, Dragonflies and Spiders

Another method of natural pest control is attracting ladybugs to your garden. Ladybugs are voracious consumers of aphids and other garden pests. Plants that attract ladybugs include Angelica, Caraway, Cilantro, Coreopsis, Cosmos (particularly white), Dandelions, Dill, Fennel, Geraniums, Tansy and Yarrow. Ladybugs can also be purchased from certain garden supply stores.

There are other insects that can aid in pest control, such as praying mantises and dragonflies. Spiders (which are arachnids rather than insects) are also highly beneficial.

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4 responses to “Natural garden pest control”

  1. @YankGunner says:

    Great post! I knew that there were a lot of non-toxic and non-chemical options for pest control but I had never really thought about. For instance I love the idea of encouraging non-pest species to live in and around your garden to keep the actual pests out. I think that in combination with some natural pest contorl such as boric acid or diatomaceous earth should keep any garden in great shape.

  2. Thanks for the post. We are also from Pest Control industry since last 50 years. The way you have inform us for the natural garden pest control is superb. I will always keep your idea's in mind.

  3. Babyplants says:

    Definitely agree with this one, natural ways are the best.

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