Is It Possible To Get Rid Of Garden Pests Without Chemicals?

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 9:03:00 AM by Stephanie Morgan

Is It Possible To Get Rid Of Garden Pests Without Chemicals? | The Experienced Gardener

With the winter, comes rain. And with the amount of time we went without water, we welcomed it happily this year. However rain brings new challenges. For example, fungus becomes a much bigger concern after a heavy rain. You should be very concerned with any pest issue that comes your way as a homeowner; pests can be one of the most damaging elements the modern homeowner faces. If you’ve noticed a bug infestation in your garden, you’ll need to act especially fast since they can quickly take out plants that you’ve spent all year caring for. Here’s how to get rid of your bug problem:

Decide if you want to use chemical pesticides or not

When it comes to getting rid of those pesky garden bugs, there’s really two main ways to look at it: do you want to use chemical pesticides as the primary method, or would you like to save them to use only as a last resort? Most people choose the second option, since it’s safer and requires less contact and usage of chemicals. Pesticides will usually work pretty quickly, but you have to decide if that’s worth it to you. Besides the obvious dangers these chemicals pose to humans, they can also have a negative effect on your animals or kids. Think about this and decide what’s right for your yard.

If you prefer not to introduce any chemicals into the solution you choose, then we recommend looking for non-toxic pesticides and other less intrusive pest-fighting measures. But if you don’t mind pesticides, they are usually quite effective. Just don’t go overboard it – this is still poison.

Other options that are available

So let’s say you’ve decided that you don’t want to use pesticides yet. What now? Well, now we have to make some more choices. To start with, what level of pests are you okay with? Is the occasional earwig in the garden not a big deal to you? As long as a pest problem isn’t out of control or damaging your plants, a “live and let live” strategy can be smart. A few pests on your plants won’t be the end of the world – as long as the problem isn’t too drastic. If you’re dealing with a couple pests here and there, coating your garden in pesticides can do more damage than good.

Secondly, you can avoid certain types plants or vegetables in your garden in order to avoid pests. If you have a small garden just for fun, consider removing any vegetable plants or other edibles that can make enticing targets for pests. Half the battle is keeping them off your property in the first place. If you can lower the level of pests in your yard to begin with, you’ll have a much easier time keeping your garden healthy without introducing any chemicals.


If you already have a pest issue in your yard that needs a quick solution, contact a landscaping company. They have tons of solutions that will help rid your yard pests quickly, whether you want to use chemicals or not.

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