What is organic pest control?Organic pest control refers to the usage of natural and biological means to control pests. This is in contrast to chemical pest control, where a specific chemical is sprayed when a specific type of pest is detected. How is organic pest control different from chemical pest control?Chemical pest control removes the insect pests for a short duration. However, in the long run, it could increase pest resistance and cause the pest population to dramatically increase. Chemical pest control could also have long-term impacts on soil health and quality of produce.
What are the different aspects of organic pest control? organic pest control is characterised by the following key aspects: 1) Focus on preventionPests are drawn to weak, possibly infected, plants. It is important to clear the garden of such plants.
Prevent pest attacks by focusing on the soil. Healthy, organic soil results in a thriving garden that will keep insects away naturally.
Watering the plants early is very effective in keeping them dry and fungus-free.
Row covers protect plants from insects, while letting in light. In summer, light covers will ensure that the pests stay away without heating up the plants. Heavy row covers could be used for extending the season. 2) Encouraging a predatory, beneficial ecosystemCertain species of wasps, bugs, and flies prey on harmful insects and are therefore beneficial to the garden. These beneficial insects are attracted to specific plants, so adding these plants to the garden is a great technique to build a beneficial ecosystem. These insects can also be purchased online. 3) Plant selection, poly-cropping, and plant rotationSelect plants that are known to be resistant to disease. Also, poly-cropping, or the method of mixing up different plant types, ensures that pests do not spread across the garden. Another technique is to rotate plants every year. This ensures that pests in the soil bed do not re-infest.
4) Usage of natural insecticidesNatural or organic insecticides, made with ingredients, such as garlic, cayenne pepper, neem, basil, citrus oil, eucalyptus oil, and onion, are non-toxic and effective. What are the benefits of organic pest control?Organic pest control may take research, time, and effort. However, in the long run, there are some significant benefits that this method can bring: 1) Less expensive than chemical pest control2) Vibrant, thriving garden that is naturally resistant to pests3) High-quality, healthy produce4) Positive impact on the environment 5) Increased sustainability in terms of soil, water, plant health and longevity, and required investments,