You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Get Rid of Bugs in My Garden?
While it’s easy to reach for harsh chemicals to rid our gardens of bugs and pests, doing so may harm the pollinators crucial to sustaining plant life—not to mention the soil, water and food supply we depend on to live. So, what’s a Connecticut homeowner to do to protect their garden? Keep reading for
tips on how to get rid of garden bugs and pests effectively—without harming the environment.
Good bugs vs. harmful bugs
Planting marigolds can help keep grasshoppers and mosquitos at bay; evening primrose, dandelion, amaranths and clover and herbs like dill, fennel, spearmint, coriander and angelica can actually help to attract good bugs—not to mention provide you with some delicious herbs for your summer grilling recipes!
Nip a pest problem in the bud
As time goes by, you’ll be able to identify which pests show up year after year. For instance, if your vegetable garden tends to attract cucumber beetles, which will eat the leaves and flowers of your plants while also spreading bacterial wilt, you can commit to planting some of the plants mentioned above, and to cleaning out dead foliage in the fall to help deter them from living in debris over the winter.
Safely treating your garden for bugs
Using pollinator-safe options such as neem oil, Wondercide, or other safe alternatives may be effective at keeping bugs and pests out of your garden; just always be sure to follow the directions on the packaging so as not to damage flowers. If these options aren’t cutting it, consider speaking to an extermination professional. The NRDC recommends seeking out a professional who:
- • is licensed in your state
• is certified by reputable programs such as EcoWise, GreenPro, and Green Shield
• supplies a list of references
• provides a written report of findings, recommended treatments, and costs
• offers a written guarantee of service
• explains the causes and remedies of your pest problems
• offers a sustainable, long-term strategy for preventing further outbreaks
• schedules a follow-up visit to evaluate the success of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
As with anything when it comes to gardening and yard care, trial and error will eventually help you reach your desired outcome. In the meantime, don’t forget to enjoy your garden in all its natural glory!