Managing Garden Greenhouse Pests Organically
It could be incredibly challenging to control garden greenhouse pests when you are an organic gardener. Many so-called organic pest control methods end up being offensive to the sensitive organic gardener’s code of gardening ethics. The best organic ways of controlling greenhouse pests are biological warfare, soap sprays, and horticultural oils.
Using Neem Oil To Manage Garden Pests
Even though it definitely does deter pests, neem oil remains safe and secure for organic greenhouse gardening. It doesn’t kill parasitic insects, but alternatively works as a deterrent, keeping them from feasting on treated foliage. It may help cease insect infestations by upsetting the insect’s capability to reproduce.
Generally, you need to mix the oil with drinking water and a small level of liquid dish soap, then add it to the plants. It is good at treating harmful attacks of: aphids, armyworms, caterpillars, cockroaches, potato beetles, cutworms, flies, fungus gnats, gypsy moth caterpillars, leaf miners, leaf rollers, lily leaf beetles, locusts, mealy bugs, and mites.
Handling Green House Insects with Beneficial Nematodes
While it’s not as popular to make use of them, beneficial nematodes (microscopic parasitic round worms) can be used as bug control. The worm stays in the soil to connect itself to moving insects. These come in a suspended solution that’s applied to plants with a garden hose or sprayer and cannot be applied in sunlight. Actually, beneficial nematodes should be applied on a rainy day.
Beneficial Nematodes are effective to protect against army worms, billbugs, crickets, bark beetles, black vine weevils, corn earworms, crane flies, cucumber beetles, cutworms, fleas, flies, fungus gnats, grubs, Japanese Beetles, June Beetles, masked chaffers, May Beetles, mole crickets, mushroom flies, root weevils, scarab beetles, squash bugs, ticks, webworms, weevils, and wood borers.
Managing Garden Greenhouse Pests with Lady Bugs
Lady Bug Beetles are well known aphid consumers. These beetles are mailed live and released near affected plants after applying water. Adults will breed and lay eggs on the foliage of plants ravaged with Aphids. The lady bugs doesn’t just eat the aphid larvae, but will also eat the adults.
Controlling Green House Insects with Insecticidal Soaps
Insecticidal soaps are a good all-purpose treatment for a number of greenhouse pests. Nevertheless, don’t forget that if you utilize biological control methods, such as the afore mentioned Lady Bug Beetles, insecticidal cleansers do not differentiate between good and bad bugs in the green house. Just be sure you monitor your plants while using this method, as it might burn some of your less hardy crops.
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Save money, have fun and eat more healthy by growing your own food year round in a greenhouse kit. Experienced greenhouse designer and gardening enthusiast Paula Greenfield offers tons of tips about selecting hobby greenhouses and more at The Greenhouse Catalog.