So how does a regular person begin doing their own organic pest control? First you must identify what insects you are dealing with. In my garden at home I identified three problem insects: cockroaches, crickets, and green caterpillars. At my work garden I identified cockroaches and crickets. I observed these insects eating my produce both during the day while tending my garden but also by going out and seeing what was happening at night with a flashlight. Going out at night was extremely beneficial in that I found almost "Egyptian plague" numbers of crickets around my house.
|Three of my preferred semi-organic pest controls. NiBan-FG uses Orthoboric acid to kill insects when they eat the bait, diatomaceous earth kills insects as they crawl across it, and Semaspore bait infects crickets and grasshoppers that eat it with a parasitic microbe. Be sure to wear a face mask when applying diatomaceous earth and to use 'food grade". Pool filter diatomaceous earth is significantly more dangerous to breath in and should be avoided. These products, and Bacillus thurgingiensis, can be found online just by typing their name into a search engine.|
Second, after identifying the pests I researched online effective organic treatments for these pests. There are a whole host of organic pest controls and I began testing some. With each one I used careful observations were made of what effects they had and if they were effective or not. For example, with chemical pesticides I found slightly decreased growth of my plants but all the insects, including beneficial ones, were dead. Even the lizards were killed by the pesticides. Garlic and chili pepper deterrents were also tested. Both slightly reduced pest problems but not enough. They were very effective against deterring rabbits though. Then soap sprays on the plants were tested, also not very effective. After working though this process of testing and observing I finally came across three products that were effective for my gardens. Bacillus thuringiensis bacteria killed catapillars effectively, Semaspore greatly reduced crickets, and NiBan-FG killed the roaches and crickets. Food grade diatomaceous earth was also found effective at killing all kinds of bugs when placed
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DIY mostly organic pest control
1. Identify the pests.
2. Research and locate items that control these specific pests.
3. Apply pest control and observe results.
4. Repeat until you come up with a satisfactory solution for your home/garden.
5. Keep observing and be willing to try new things.
The key is careful observation, researching new solutions, and PATIENCE! Trial and error is the name of the game, you must be willing to accept error! Each region/area/person has a different set of problems and therefore a different set of solutions. Any solutions you find specific to your situation can be of great help to others.