Welcome to: Pests & Problems
Gardening is one of America’s favorite pastimes – an impressive 35 percent of U.S. households are growing food at home or in a community garden, according to the National Gardening Association. That means 42 million households are currently planning their annual gardens and researching how to make this year better than the last. Fortunately, the trick to growing healthier plants with fewer pests and bigger yields might be simpler than you think.
When we start thinking of house plants, the idea of indoor plant insects does not usually occur to us. Unfortunately, there are a few insects that attack indoor plants. Like their outdoor counterparts, these indoor insects are destructive to the plants that they inhabit. Also like their outdoor counterparts, as soon as the symptoms of an infestation becomes noticeable, immediate action needs to be taken.
Japanese Beetles can wreak havoc on a garden. They can and will eat away at roses, fruits and other vegetation if the problem is not taken care of quickly. For those who want to refrain from using harsh chemicals to combat the infestation, there are a few organic ways to get rid of Japanese Beetles.
There are a variety of weed control solutions that can get rid of weeds naturally. This is certain to help the gardener that prefers to avoid using chemical-based pesticides. A common organic alternative is vinegar. It is very effective at killing weeds due to the acetic acid ingredient in vinegar. Regular household vinegar contains acetic acid at 5% which is enough to control the outbreak of most types of garden weeds.
Catch one of the bugs and examine it closely. If this proves to be a challenge, hang some fly paper for an hour or so to capture a few of the little buggers. Common household fruit flies (aka Drosophila) grow to a maximum size of 1/8th inch (3mm) long and typically have brownish or yellowish bodies and red eyes.
When you practice indoor gardening, one of the issues that can diminish the fun is the number and ferocity of insect pests that can wreak havoc with your plants. There are, however, several indoor gardening supplies that can be used to control various pests from damaging your indoor crops, and will thus increase your plants’ yields. Indoor gardening supplies can include such pest control products as powder sulfur and spider mite control, to name a few.
As the outdoor season approaches, many homeowners and outdoor enthusiasts look to ways of coping with mosquitoes. With all the publicity about the West Nile virus, mosquito repelling products are gaining in popularity. But many commercial insect repellents contain from 5% to 25% DEET. There are concerns about the potential toxic effects of DEET, especially when used by children.
Organic Farming is one of the fields of concern today. Farming using Eco-friendly products for the growth of crops is meant as Organic Farming. Use of pesticides to prevent insects in the fields has been a practice from ancient times. However, it has also been a matter of concern for the farmers as it can reduce the infertility of the soil and damages the crops. Before few decades, pesticides used in the farms are chemically prepared and contains unfavorable constituents for both soil and plants leading heavy loss for the farmers.
Holmes and Watson, Riggs and Murtaugh, Starsky and Hutch – when it comes to sleuthing out just what critter is munching on your spring garden, you may feel like your partnership with Mother Nature is as contentious as any that ever graced the big, or small screen. After all, how are you supposed to fight the “crime” of a decimated garden if you can’t identify the suspect who’s been devouring your daylilies?