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Little Known Ways to Prevent Pest Problems in Your Garden
Psyllids swarming on your favourite lily pillies. Rats eating newly planted seedlings. Tiny mites living under leaves and causing those awful white or yellowish patches. Slugs and snails boring holes on leaves, creating that unsightly look on your favourite plants. Whether it’s insects or rodents, pests can be bothersome for both the garden and the gardener.
While these creepy crawlers and wingless nymphs can be annoying, you don’t need to use dangerous chemicals to ward off these pests.
Read this guide from the experts in pest control in Western Sydney, Pioneer Pest Control, and learn some natural garden pest control tips to keep your plants healthy and pest-free without using harsh chemicals.
Start with the basics.
Healthy plants resist pests better than weak plants. When selecting seeds and seedlings of flowering plants, shrubs and trees make sure that they are suitable for the climate where you live. Choose disease-free plants that are resistant to insects, rodents and other pests.
Remove the breeding sites and hiding places.
Piles of wood, rotten fruits and dead leaves can attract termites, ants, flies and other pests. To keep these pests away, fallen and rotten fruits and dead twigs or branches should be removed properly. Also, get rid of diseased plants; clean up pet droppings and garbage; and drain away puddles of water as these may attract mice, rats, flies and mosquitoes.
Bring in the pests’ natural enemies.
You can control pests by bringing in their natural enemies. For example, to get rid of aphids, you can grow plants that attract predators of aphids, such as praying mantises, lady bugs, wasps and lacewings. You can also make use of coffee grounds to discourage ants; or place a dish of beer, salt or flour at ground level to keep slugs and other pests away.
Introduce companion planting.
Companion planting is one of the best pest control methods that you use to prevent infestation in your garden. There are certain plants that have properties that help other plants grow at the same time repel insects and other pests. Basil when planted close to tomatoes can improve its flavour while repelling mosquitoes. Borage is a great companion for cabbage since it discourages horn worms and moths. Catnips planted near cucumbers and squashes prevent bug infestations. Chives and mints keep away aphids while thymes and corianders deter leafhoppers. You can also plant eucalyptus or neem tree in your garden to discourage mosquitoes from breeding in your garden.
You don’t have to be a horticulturist to grow healthy plants in your garden while avoiding pest infestations. All you need to do is master these natural garden pest control tips. You can also call in an expert to help you find the appropriate solution to manage a particular infestation in your property.
At Pioneer Pest Control, we offer effective pest control techniques and management programs to reduce the chances of pest infestations in your property. Whether you need termite inspections in Sydney or you want to create a natural pest management plan, we can help you.