Organic Pest Control - Knowledgebase Question

lake worthe, Fl
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Question by samantha_brb
August 5, 2010
I am currently growing: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, basil, Butternut Squash, Sweet Peppers, Banana Peppers.
What would be good for all of them.


Answer from NGA
August 5, 2010
If you want to be truly organic, just monitor your plants on a daily basis and handpick or hose off any insect pests you see. The control products you use will really depend upon the insect populations you find. For instance, insecticidal soap will control soft bodied insects such as aphids; bacillus thuringensis (sold as Dipel or Thuricide) can control caterpillars; neem oil (such as Bioneem) can control beetles and other hard-shelled insects. Some organic gardeners use Rotenone as an all-purpose pesticide in vegetable gardens. I prefer not to use anything at all. Just monitor, handpick (stomp or squish), or hose insects off with plain water. If you do not use pesticides you won't harm bees and other pollinating insects. Hope this answers your question!

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