Insect Control

Integrated Pest Management

Goal: To Keep our garden ecosystem healthy by following best practices

  1. Identify pest
  2. Monitor and assess pest numbers and damage
  3. Take appropriate action:
    • Level One: Physically remove pest (hand, water spray, soapy water)
    • Level two: Apply appropriate pesticide according to directions
  4.  Be sure to:
    • Place an Insect Observation sign at the plant
    • Note your observations in the blog
    • Fill out info on the Pesticide Chart

Pest Management Methods:

  • Biological controls — attracting beneficial insects to the garden
  • Cultural Controls — proper water & fertilizer management
  • Mechanical & physical controls — row covers, traps, mulches, barriers

What Products Do We Use?

–  Safer Insecticidal Soap – for aphids and other sucking insects

–  BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) – for caterpillars (moth and butterfly larvae)

–  Neem Oil – for chewing insects, beetles, mites, aphids

–  Sluggo / Sluggo Plus – for snails and slugs, earwigs, crawling insects

–  Diatomaceous Earth – for ants, sow bugs, earwigs, crawing insects

–  Antpro Bait Station – for ants