At Preferred Pest Termite & Turf, we are proud to offer many kid and pet safe options, something we think is so necessary in this world of over exposure to unnatural chemicals and processes. That’s why we not only offer these options to our clients, but also want to help you achieve the best garden options without spraying chemicals. So here are a few round ups of our personal favorite spray options for that fall harvest your garden needs.
Garlic & Pepper Spray
Gets rid of cabbageworms, catepillars, hornworms, aphids, flea beetles, and other insects
6 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp dried hot pepper
1 minced onion
1 tsp liquid soap
1 gallon of hot water
Blend all ingredients and let sit for one to two days. Strain and use as spray. Ground cayenne or red hot pepper can also be sprinkled on the leaves of plants (apply when leaves are slightly damp) to repel chewing insects or added to the planting hole with bone meal or fertilizer to keep squirrels, chipmunks, dogs and other mammals away from your gardens. Be sure to reapply after rain.
Snail & Slug Trap
Place a small, shallow saucer full of stale beer to get rid of snails and slugs. The snails and slugs are drawn to the beer, but then drown once they climb in the saucer.
Sowbug (Pillbug) Traps
1 small plastic container (tupperware bowl)
2 tbsp of cornmeal
Cut a small hole at the base of the container, large enough and close enough to the bottom to allow sowbugs to climb in. Place cornmeal in container. Place container into area infested with sowbugs. The sowbugs will feed on cornmeal which will cause ingestion issues and kill the sowbugs. Replace cornmeal frequently.
For whiteflies and fungus gnats
1-2 Tbsp. Vaseline or preferably, non-petroleum Jelly
4”x8” plastic cards or cardboard
Waterproof yellow paint
Apply paint onto both sides of the card and let it dry. Once the paint is dry, apply
non-petroleum jelly liberally over both sides of the card. Place the card just above the plant canopy.
For unwanted ants in the vegetable garden
1/4 cup of sugar
1/4 cup of borax
Mix the sugar and borax, then sprinkle around any hills and travel paths. The ant will think it is all sugar and take the borax back to the nest. The borax is poisonous to ants.
To get rid of earworms in corn, apply one drop of mineral oil to the tip of each ear of corn when silks begin to brown. Reapply every 5 to 6 days for 3 applications per season.