Mother Earth Living

Fight Bugs Naturally! A Guide to Natural Pest Control

With these ingenious tips from gardener and author Sharon Lovejoy, you won’t need pesticides to fight insects that munch on your plants.
By Natural Home Staff
March/April 2004
Add to My MSN

Shutterstock
Slideshow


Content Tools

Related Content

Notice When You Are Happy: Tips for a Happy and Healthy Home

Create a happy and healthy home with these helpful tips.

New Natural Bed Bug Busters a Boon for Travelers

EcoSmart's new line of natural bed bug repellents can prevent the pests from hitching a ride home wi...

How to Get Rid of Hiccups with Herbs

Don’t hold your breath - stop hiccups the herbal way.

Prevent Household Pests Now

As the weather get warmer and the bugs starts to hatch, stop them from coming in your house with the...

With these ingenious tips from gardener and author Sharon Lovejoy, you won’t need pesticides to fight insects that munch on your plants. These cures are simple, quick, earth-friendly, and fun to make.

How to Get Rid of Ants

• Spray ant routes with apple cider vinegar to cover their invisible pheromone tracks so they can’t find their way back to foraging sites.
• Pour equal parts baking soda and powder sugar into a bowl and blend thoroughly. Transfer mixture to a cheese or salt shaker and apply directly to ant hills and trails.
• Shake diatomaceous earth into areas when the insects invade. When ants climb over it, their bodies become desiccated.

How to Get Rid of Aphids

• Many aphid and mite problems can be solved with water. A strong blast from the hose dislodges aphids and breaks off their sucking mouth parts.
• Aphids are drawn to yellow. Set a shallow yellow pan of soapy water near infested plants, and the aphids will plunge to a watery end.
• Order aphid wolves (larvae of ladybird beetles) and release them into your garden. These predators eat hundreds of aphids a day.

How to Get Rid of Grasshoppers

• Sprinkle white flour (not self-rising) on cabbage worms, loopers, and grasshoppers early in the morning when plants are covered with dew. Pests with petrify and desiccate. Rinse off the plants the next day.

How to Get Rid of Beetles

• Slip on a pair of lawn aerator sandals after a rain and dance wildly on your wet lawn to destroy grubs before they become Japanese beetles.
• Take a long-handled spatula or spoon and a bucket of warm, soapy water outside early in the morning. Look for beetle infestations on roses, peonies and other flowers. Hold the bucket below the bloom and gently whack the flower. The bugs will drop straight down into the suds.
• Purchase spined soldier bugs, a beetle's greatest enemy, from a nursery and set them on patrol in your garden.

How to Get Rid of Earwigs

• Fill an empty milk carton with crumpled, moist newspaper and bread crumbs, and set on its side in the garden where it will collect earwigs. Empty bugs into a bucket of soapy water in the morning.
• Pour equal parts canola oil and soy sauce into a shallow container and place in infested areas. Check the lure each morning and dispose of the victims.
• Let the chickens into the garden daily to pluck up earwigs and other pests.

How to Get Rid of Slugs

• Lay empty flower pots or milk cartons on their sides in a shady area and dispose of slugs and snails every morning.
• Leave leftover grapefruit and melon rinds in your garden each evening. Scrape the slugs into soapy water every morning. Put out fresh rinds every few days.
• Sink shallow tubs or saucers into the ground and fill them with cheap beer. Slugs dive into it and drown. Empty as needed.

Excerpted from Trowel & Error ©2003 by Sharon Lovejoy. Used by permission of Workman Publishing. All Rights Reserved.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.