Nothing is more upsetting than witnessing otherwise healthy crops being completely destroyed by bugs. It seems as though pests, such as aphids, cabbage worms, beetles, and the dreaded hornworm, can devastate crops in an instant.
But that doesn’t mean you need to stockpile an arsenal of toxic chemicals to keep your garden free of pests. To put it bluntly, many commercial sprays, dust, and other pest control methods do more harm than benefit for the environment.
The fact that they are non-discriminatory makes it difficult to know whether or not they may be used safely on edible fruits and vegetables.
There is a way out of this. We’ve been successfully battling pests in our garden for years with just three easy-to-find natural remedies.
3. Picking Pests by Hand
Finally, there’s the old-fashioned method of hand-picking. Hand-picking is the most helpful of all the natural pest control methods that we use, which may surprise you.
Whether you believe it or not, just a few minutes a day spent in your garden checking crops for pests and removing them will have a long-term impact on pest control.
Simply use a little bucket of soapy water to remove any harmful pests you come across. Good pests are not only protected but harmful pests are also prevented from multiplying.
And it truly does work!
A short story time: We had a Japanese Beetle invasion a few years ago. As an alternative to using sprays, we spent a few weeks picking them off the plants every day for 10 minutes.
However, it also prevented them from reproducing or laying additional larvae in the ground, so that their damage was kept to the lowest. As a result, what happened? Our beetle populations have been dwindling over the previous few years.