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How to Control Pests in Your Vegetable Garden
When insects attack, the results are devastating. In some cases, they destroy plants completely. No garden is immune to insects that kill, such as aphids, caterpillars, grasshoppers and Japanese beetles, but you can fight back. These three steps will show you how to control pests in your vegetable garden.
- Natural predators, such as ladybugs, feed on other pests. Keep in mind, if you introduce a natural predator, do not use chemical insecticides.
- Caterpillars and grasshoppers are also good bugs for gardens. Hand-pick caterpillars and grasshoppers and drop into a bucket of soapy water.
- Organic neem-based pesticides also provide good control. Always follow directions.
- The easiest way to capture insects is with a trap. Place traps 30’ from the plants you are protecting to lure pests away from the garden.
- Mulch with aluminum foil to repel aphids and other insects. This is practical only on a small scale.
- Natural pesticides such as organic BTK is the most effective caterpillar management. It is safe for people, animals and other insects.
- If all else fails, consider chemical pesticides. Check with your Garden Center associate for appropriate vegetable gardening treatments.
TIP: Create a habitat for birds and beneficial insects, which feed on pests.