As a Master Gardener I have been trained in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is simply how to get rid of garden pests more than one way. Sometimes chemical usage is the best option and sometimes organic means is the best way to go. As a long time home gardener, I lean towards the organic methods to deal with garden pest problems in my home garden. If you prefer an organic garden, try these home remedies for dealing with common garden pest problems.
Woodland Critters Repellent
Rabbits, raccoons, turtles, deer and other small woodland critters enjoy nibbling on tender, tasty garden plants. Mix up this home remedy pepper spray that will make the plants less tasty to keep the critters away.
Place 2 cups of any variety of hot pepper (fresh, dried or mixed) and 2 cups of water in a blender and blend until smooth. Boil pepper water for 5 minutes on stove top, then strain through a piece of cheese cloth to remove pepper seeds. Pour into a spray bottle and add a few drops of liquid dish detergent. Spray hot pepper mixture on the lower leaves and stems of garden plants once a week, it won’t hurt your plants but it will repel the woodland critters.
You know there’s a white fly infestation when a white cloud appears to be hovering over your garden tomato plants and/or houseplants. Get rid of the white cloud with this simple home remedy: Cut 2-inch strips of yellow plastic from a recycled container (yellow milk jug, anti-freeze or laundry detergent jug) and coat the strips with any type of cooking oil you have on hand. Place these home-made ‘sticky traps’ on and around the plants infested with white flies. White flies find the color yellow irresistible and with flock to the strips and become stuck in the oil. Remove sticky traps as they become full and replace with new ones until all the white flies are gone.
Slugs and Snails
Sap-sucking slugs and snails will suck the life out of garden plants unless you get rid of them. Use this easy home remedy and save your plants – Place several shallow tuna or cat food cans in garden soil so that the rim is slightly above soil level. Fill the cans with cheap beer. Slugs and snails are attracted to the yeast in the beer and will crawl in for a drink and drown. Earwigs (black bugs with pinchers) that invade gardens are also attracted to the yeast and will drown themselves while quenching their thirst.
Place beer-filled, shallow cans on patio or porch to get rid of slugs and snails that are infesting container plants.