The Critical Nature of Pest Control
Most gardens harbor a variety of pests such as insects, slugs, and small animals such as squirrels and chipmunks. Some of these can cause extensive damage to the plants as well as the structure of the house, while most transmit diseases. You can choose humane or organic pest control to reduce the use of harmful pesticides and still have a pest free home and garden.
Traps can be used for pest control when the pests are small animals. These animals are caught in the traps and relocated to the wild along with their entire families. This system is preferable especially when the pests are protected under state or federal laws.
You can also use natural predators for pest control in your garden. For instance, ducks and chickens spot and eat slugs and ensure that they do not harm the plants. Additionally, chickens also eat many bugs that are harmful to the plants in the garden. As a bonus, these ducks and chickens will also provide you with eggs and there is nothing like cooking fresh scrambled eggs in the morning while utilizing your own resources!
Another beneficial predator is the wasp that preys on cabbage worms. You can encourage the wasps by providing them with landing sites such as flat topped flowers.
Another great pest control is the use of organic pesticides. You can spray neem extract, use marigold mulch, or spray oil directly on insects to control and reduce their numbers.
Ants are a common pest in many gardens and homes. While there are commercial pesticides that are effective against these creatures, you can also eradicate ants by pouring boiling water on ant hills or vinegar on ant colonies. However, these remedies also destroy plants and grass and can only be used in areas where you do not want grass to grow – the sidewalk for instance or your driveway.