Natural Pest Control Intro Part 3
For the Birds
Birds eat many different types of insects year round. Providing
housing, food and water for our bird allies will help insure good
A few examples: The Woodpecker: Loves wood boring larvae of beetles,
ants, borers and many other insects and their larvae, The Chickadee:
Loves lice, caterpillars, flies and tree hoppers, The Bluebird: Eats
sow bugs, caterpillars and other insects. Owls eat at night many
different types of insects. Mockingbirds will eat termites,
caterpillars and beetles, Robins: Also eat termites, they love
caterpillars and beetles. The Cardinal: Likes grasshoppers, ants and
beetles. Can you imagine how many insects baby birds eat?
Bats eat a great many insects in their lifetime. Protect them
whenever you can. Bat houses are available through many sources. Try
"Natural Insecticides made from the Earth, return to the Earth"
It is to our advantage to let Nature be our teacher and help us
learn from our mistakes. Better Living Through Chemistry1has helped
us to develop into a highly skilled and educated society. Better
Living Through Nature can take us even further by enabling our
societies to grow and develop sustainable while we exist in harmony
Vegetable Organics is not a new science, since housewives have been
using garlic or cayenne pepper to control bugs for centuries.
Veganics is also a safe method of using not only the wide array of
materials available at the grocery store, but also the wide array of
vegetables that we can grow ourselves! From pepper to lettuce, there
are many store bought items that can be used safety against pests2.
see also Hot Sauces, Tabasco, Chili Peppers Homemade sprays can be
made from a variety of plants, herbs, vegetables and various store
bought items. Always use with caution. Follow the rule " Less is
Best" . Use as little as you can to achieve the results you want.
There are many store bought items which are essentially homemade
recipes gone mass market. The craze for hotter chili sauces and
hotter sauces of any kind has made it easier for the organic
gardener to find many alternatives to pesticides for pest control.
The hotter the better. Avoid anything that has preservatives or
additives, colorings, etc. A good mail order source is Mo Hotta Mo
A synergistic plant is any type of plant or natural material that
when added to another plant/material increases the effectiveness of
that plant. Soap is a natural synergist for most plants as it acts
both as a wetting agent and pest/disease control. Tabasco sauce is
another such product which kills on contact and repels as well.
Tabasco soap is a blend of the two. Many vegetables can be made into
a liquid and then sprayed in a diluted form to protect plants ,
repel or even kill bugs. There are many store bought items and
vegetables that are all ready made for you to use such as those
mentioned in Mo Hatta Mo Betta catalog. Some good oil synergists are
garlic, peanut, pecan, coconut oil, any vegetable oil. Use all Plant
mixtures with Caution
There are many plants which will kill both beneficials and the pests
as well, so be specific as to what you are applying or spraying. I
have found that almost all plants can be harmful if improperly
introduced into the garden environment. Tobacco can create havoc in
the garden if sprayed with out proper care. Cayenne pepper does the
same damage also. It is for this reason that you must use with care
any sprays that you make. Also many plants can be harmful to humans,
birds, or fish. Just because it's organic doesn't mean it' safe!.
One drop of Tobacco Sulfate is enough to kill you. As simple a plant
as garlic can do a great deal of damage in the garden's eco-system
as it affects the beneficials as well. Many plants are oil based and
may produce toxic substances as well. The Oleander plant gives off a
toxic substance that could kill a young child or dog if enough of
the plant is eaten. Lettuce when made into a liquid will kill white
fly and many other soft bodied insects! Leaves from your tomato
plant will kill roaches and flies! Soap if overused will kill
beneficials and earthworms and make for a dead soil. So be careful
with these mixtures. Label them and teach yourself, your children
how to use them!
Wash off all fruit and vegetables, before eating!
1. Remember that old slogan?
2. When buying just follow the simple rule of no additives or
preservatives unless natural.
The Invisible Gardener
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