Most natural pest control methods are not only safer than commercial methods but also cheaper. I enjoy hardy plants like daisies because of course they’re hard to kill and I’m not known for my green thumb.
Ladybugs as Pest Control
Apparently, ladybugs love daisies so that certainly explains why I have so many of the darn things come the spring. Ladybugs will eat aphids, mites and whiteflies and a lot of people purchase them since they are beneficial insects to have in your garden.
These insects are not quite as common but you can purchase their eggs. I would suggest these be used with caution because they will eat just about anything including beneficial insects and each other.
Other pest control options
- Milk and water mixed in equal parts will get rid of powdery mildew as well as grubs. Use in a spray bottle.
- Cayenne pepper diluted in water will kill mites but be careful not to go overboard because too much will damage plants as well. Only a pinch is needed per liter of water.
- For more specific recipes for alternatives to insecticides and fungicides, see this helpful home remedies web site. Some interesting ingredients included in their potions are garlic, lemon and orange peels, onions, chives, hot peppers, mustard, baking soda, salt, clay, rhubarb leaves, and tomato plant leaves.
- Crushed eggshells add calcium to your garden soil and deter slugs. The finer they are ground up the easier they will break down in your soil. For a little slug, crushed eggshells are like trying to walk through large shards of glass.