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Natural Pest Control
Pesticides are one of the biggest threats to honey bees. To control garden pests and not kill off the pollinators and other beneficial insects, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Before using chemicals, try using natural methods of control.
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Natural Pest Control
by David Proctor
July 13, 2017
Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine Published Weekly
Now that most gardens are going strong, so are the pests. When you want to find a remedy for getting rid of the pests that wants to eat your garden as much as you do, then you need an arsenal of weapons.
I came across a good article that helps explain some of the best methods for bee-friendly pest control:
7 Top Methods For Bee-Friendly Pest Control
Written by: Julie C. Survival Gardening
“Since 1998, scientists, conservationists, and farmers have noticed an alarming trend. European honeybee populations are declining at rapid rates. Researchers believe”…..keep reading
One method of controlling pests is through Integrated Pest Management or IPM.
IPM is a science-based, decision-making process that integrates pest biology, environmental information, consensus building, and technology to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage. IPM considers site management goals and strives to minimize risk to people, property, and the environment, including pollinators. If you would like to read more, go to this link to download a pdf Reducing Risks to Pollinators from Pest Control by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Another good article that I will post here is by the Great Pollinator Project
“Land mangers, urban farmers, and home gardeners are often faced with pest control decisions, including whether to use chemicals and if so, which”….read more, please click the link above.
JUNE 28, 2017
CATCH THE BUZZ – HONEYBEES PICK UP ‘ASTONISHING’ NUMBER OF PESTICIDES VIA NON-CROP PLANTS
“A Purdue University study shows that honeybees collect the vast majority of their pollen from plants other than crops, even in areas dominated by corn and soybeans, and that pollen is consistently contaminated with a host of agricultural and urban pesticides throughout the growing season.” Read more
To summarize, plan ahead for what type of plants will be grown close together. And mix it up, so the pests are not coming to a buffet.
Use methods that do not affect the pollinators while they are at work.
If you think you need to use chemicals, then read the label very closely. Apply chemicals in the evening and not to blooms, but at base of the plants and stems.
Some plants are natural insecticides, try to mingle these into your garden.
Encourage the beneficial insects to help do your work like the Ladybug and Praying Mantis. Remove pests by hand or with a misting bottle and water.
You will probably not use just one method to control pests, but just remember if it “Kills Bugs Dead” it will probable kill all bugs, including the ones that make your garden healthy.
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- Thin out the weak plants. That will help provide more root area for the strong and not attract pests to the weak plants. Often, those pests will then move over to infest the strong ones.
- Water at night or early morning so the plants can dry. Plants can bake with water on them during the day and weaken them.
- Set traps and/or lures for unwanted pests. This can help control without using as much spray.
- Help out the good insects like Lady Bugs, Praying Mantis, and Lacewings which can be encouraged by planting herbs like basil, dill and cilantro. They like to lay eggs in these plants and the larva will have something to eat.
- Diversify the plants in your garden to throw the pests off. Also, mix in garlic and onions to help repel unwanted pests.
- Rotate plantings each year so one pest does not get a foothold by eating it’s favorite food.
C., Julie. “7 Top Methods For Bee-Friendly Pest Control.” Off The Grid News. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 July 2016. <http://www.offthegridnews.com/survival-gardening-2/7-top-methods-for-bee-friendly-pest-control/>.
“Pest Management.” Great Pollinator Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 July 2016. <http://greatpollinatorproject.org/management/pest-management>.
C., Julie. “7 Top Methods For Bee-Friendly Pest Control.” Off The Grid News. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 July 2017.
“CATCH THE BUZZ – Honeybees Pick Up ‘Astonishing’ Number Of Pesticides Via Non-Crop Plants.” Bee Culture. N.p., 27 June 2017. Web. 10 July 2017.
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