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Natural Organic Pest Conrol

 "The answer to pest problems is not in a bag pf poisonous chemicals, but in a better understanding of the laws of Nature and a desire to work with these laws."

Malcolm Beck, San Antonio 1988

Beneficial Insects: 

Ladybugs, Green Lacewings, Praying Mantids, Wasps, Trichogramma Wasps, Whitefly Parasites and Beneficial Nematodes. (To name a few.)

Harmful Insects:

Aphids, control with a water blast from a hose nozzle or a garlic/pepper tea spray.

Bagworms, control with BT (bacillus thuringiensis)spray with 1 oz. BT and 1 oz. molasses per gallon

                 of water at dusk or spray with 2 oz. orange oil per gallon of water.

Grubworms, control with beneficial nematodes or dry molasses at 5-10 lbs per 1,000 sq. ft.

Mealybugs, control with horticulture oil (per label) and/or lizards.

Scale, control with horticultural oil, lady bugs or praying mantises.

Squash  Bugs, control with compost tea/orange oil drench, hand removel, interplant with lemon balm,

                 dust with DE (diatomaceous earth) and/or beneficial nematodes.

Spider Mites, control with beneficial insects (release green lacewings).  Liquid seaweed (2 tbs. per gallon

                 and add orange oil for extra strength).  Garlic pepper tea (spray every 3 days for 9 days).

                 Horticultural oil, per label instructions.  Compost tea plus garlic tea, spray as needed.

Thrips, control by releasing green lacewings, garlic pepper tea every 2 weeks as needed, compost tea plus

                 garlic tea as need and beneficial nematodes applied to soil before spring buds form.

Webworms, control with BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) spray with 1 oz. of molasses per gallon of water at

                 dusk.  Wasps, introduce and protect trichogramma wasps and natives.  Drench soil with

                 compost tea plus 2 oz. orange oil and 2 oz. of molasses per gallon.