Organic Materials for Pest-Control
Floating Row Covers
These are white, tanslucent, and absorbent polyester fabric which act as pest barrier while letting the helpful light from the sun pass through. There are lightweight and heavyweight types—it’s up to your choice. Nonetheless, the two types have differences:
- Lightweight – This type is commonly used during summer because it will not cook your crops as still you get to avoid pests.
- Heavyweight – This type of cover trap more warm elements which is better for extending the season.
These helpful materials are sold by yard so cut the length you most need. After purchasing one, swathe it over metal hoops, place it to wooden frames, cover it on tomato cages, or just lay it down just like a blanket.
The pest these covers can control are Colorado potato beetles,cabbage moth, Mexican bean beetles, tomato hornworms, squash bugs, and flea beatles.
Because of advanced technology, there are several traps invented to get rid of pests. One of which is the Pheromone trap. Pheromone is what you call the powerful smell which an insect use to attract the opposite sex. Scientists used this element to allure the pests and eventually trap them. However, the main target of this trap is mostly male insects. Thus, many believe that it is not that effective in controlling all the pests.
No matter what, here are some of the most dangerous pests which Pheromone thraps can get rid of: corn earworms, cabbage loopers, tomato pinworms, European orn borers, diamondback moths, and cutworms.
Sticky traps use a special color which is proven to attract insects. In order to maximize the power of these traps, you should incorporate in your organic farming the placing of such traps every three to five feet.
You can buy traps like these but you can also do it on your own. How? Here’s how: Pick a material with the suggested color. Cut this material into 4X6 inches. After that, cover the material with a plastic bag. Coat it with a sticky substance. One great example is the Tangle-Trap.
Now, when your plastic is full insects, just remove he plastic and replace a new one.
Here are the specific olors in which various insects are attracted:
Yellow – whiteflies, male winged scales,fruit flies, midges, fungus gnats, leafhoppers, leafminers, psyllids, and winged aphids.
White – plant bugs, whiteflies, mealybugs, and cucumber beetles.
Light Blue – red pheres and flower thrips.