Before reaching for the insecticide, it is worth considering a more integrated approach to pest control. By combining good houseke...
For many people, time spent in the garden is some of the most enjoyable time spent; a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. However, pests such as ivy, flies, thistles, and slugs cause substantial damage to gardens across the UK every year, and can very easily ruin your plants, devour your vegetables, and kill your shrubs.
One of the most effective ways to control pests in your garden is to take a systematic approach to problem solving. Known as Integrated Pest Management, IPM involves using a number of ecologically sound alternatives to pesticides or herbicides and working with nature to create a healthy ecosystem in your garden.
Prevention is the first step in pest control, and it translates into good housekeeping:
There are bugs that are beneficial to your garden and it is important not to eliminate those that aren't causing damage to your plants. Some bugs are actually predators that keep away pests that are harmful, so look closely to see which insect is doing the damage to your plants. See if you can pick a live bug from a damaged leaf or stem and figure out what it is before you attack it.
Once you determine your pest problem is significant enough to take action, consider all options: tools, naturally derived alternative products, and conventional pest control products when necessary. When applying a pesticide, use the minimum amount required.
To be effective, you must first identify the target pest and choose the right product for the job. Once you have determined the problem, select a product recommended for your particular pest and spray only infected plants to avoid killing beneficial insects in the garden. Before using any pesticide, read the label and follow the instructions.
Whether made from organic or synthetic ingredients, all pest control products must be tested and registered with the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) before they are allowed in Britain.
Article provided by Lavender Pest Control