What is safe alternative for pesticides?

Pesticides are used to control pests in agriculture. They kill the pests but they can be harmful to humans, animals, and the environment. Continuing pesticide use will also reduce the plant's natural power of dealing with pests and other problems.

The use of organic solutions is an alternative way to treat pests without any harmful results. One aim of using the organic solution is to spread awareness of the risks of using chemicals. When we think sometimes it feels like pests can't be controlled without chemicals. And it’s always worth using natural solutions.

IPM management

IPM (Integrated Pest Management) includes an organic or natural way to deal with pests. It is a practice for organic pest control. Cultural control, biological control, and mechanical control are part of IPM.

Cultural control includes the growth of plants that helps in pest control and gardening technique. Pest-resistant plants are the safest and easiest solution to deal with pests. Managing water and soil fertility can restrict pests from developing and will provide the optimal condition for the plant to grow.

Biological control uses beneficial pests to control harmful insects. It mostly includes parasites and predatory pests. On the other hand mechanical control consist use of traps to bay harmful insects from the garden.

Use of natural products

There are some conditions where the use of pest control agents becomes necessary. In this condition, natural pesticides are a big help to control the pest safely.

Neem spray

Neem spray is one of the most effective biopesticides that show a great result. Neem has been used for its medicinal properties. Its bitter taste and strong odor keep the pests away. But this herb is safe and non-toxic for birds, plants, and humans to use.

To make the neem spray dilute a few drops of the neem oil in water also add a few drops of liquid soap for better results (optional). Mix the solution well and fill the spray bottle with it.

Note - Freshly made spray shows the best result.

Onion and garlic spray

Soak one clove of garlic and a medium-sized onion in water. Let it rest for while and add a teaspoon of pepper and a few drops of liquid soap to it. Spray the solution on the plant to protect them from pest infestation.

Note – do the patch test before using any solution on the complete plant.

Eucalyptus essential oil

A strong odor of this essential oil keeps the pests away from the plants. Make the spray by diluting eucalyptus essential oil in water. Spray this solution on the plants and notice the difference yourself. Use this solution regularly for the best results.

Plant protector

It is an alternative solution to pesticides for controlling pests. It protects the plant from leaf-feeding caterpillars, worms, and many more insects. In addition to that, it leaves no residual effect on plants and is completely safe for plants, birds, humans, and the environment.

Salt spray

It is a multitasking organic alternative to a pesticide that keeps the insects at bay and helps the plant increase nutrient absorption. Stir the salt in water and spray this solution on plants. Also, sprinkle the salt around plants to get the best result.

  • Nov 28, 2022
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