Being able to produce vegetables, fruits and other types of crops is something that a lot of small scale farmers and people with backyard gardens hope to be able to achieve each time they plant. However, it is not always possible, especially due to the threat of insects and bugs set to attack the crops. If you want to be able to protect your plants from insects, but would like to avoid chemical based pesticides and insecticides, you should probably consider organic mixtures and pesticides as your alternative.
Here are some of the most common organic pesticides, a few of which can be easily made right in your home.
Tobacco Spray — This homemade spray is effective for repelling bugs like caterpillars and aphids. All you need to do is mix one cup of tobacco with about a gallon of water and set it aside for about 24 hours. Then you would apply it as a spray to your crops.
Garlic Spray — When garlic, water, onion, cayenne pepper and a little liquid dish soap are mixed together, it is the perfect remedy for getting rid of slugs. And, you will not have to worry about the effect on the environment, your crops or your family.
Insecticidal Soap – This actually consists of potassium salts with fatty acids, and can be sprayed directly onto insects. It is a totally non-toxic formula and leaves no residue whatsoever.
Pyrethrin — Pyrethrin is a product that is derived from the chrysanthemum plant. It is used in powdered form and dusted onto the leaves to poison insects. Although there is low toxicity to animals, it is still a very suitable product for organic pesticide treatment.
Sabadilla — These are seeds produced by the sabadilla lily. For the purpose of protecting your crops, they are ground and used together with water as a spray on the plants and insects. However, the downside to this particular product is that it affects the mucous membranes in mammals, hence not being a completely safe option.
Horticultural Oil — This is a highly refined petroleum oil that can be mixed with water and sprayed on foliage to kill insects. It actually accomplishes this by coating the insects and suffocating them. The good news is it is completely non toxic to mammals.
There are several other organic pesticides that can be used on your crops to eliminate the need for chemical-based products that end up causing more harm than good. Ensure you cater to the health of your family members by giving them crops that are safe and healthy.
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