It’s a BUG eat BUG world, if you
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Article Written by:
Pest Control expert Owen W of The
GREEN PEST CONTROL Co
For the sake of our kids world we should all practice more
ecologically friendly control of garden pests. Below I suggest proven
ways to control pests and help the environment. I know these methods
work because I use them every day in my work as a pest controller.
||One of the biggest threats to plants are slugs, snails and
Last summer I was asked to save a garden that had been
decimated by slugs and snails.
Nearly all the beautiful Hostas had been eaten. In the
vegetable garden the early planting of brassicas had been
attacked. The lady who was previously very proud of her garden was
now at her wits end.
She had tried using slug pellets, she followed the directions, "more or
less" but still the problem continued. I convinced the lady gardener to
follow a green route to slug and snail control.
Firstly I looked at her garden, which was on a slightly sloping hill
side, damp in one corner. There were all the usual planting arrangements
with borders, lawns and tubs and on the far side a vegetable plot.
|I started by positioning 2
frog and toad
near the damp area, this not only gives the frogs and toads somewhere to
go and cool down during summer but also is a refuge in winter. As we all
know frogs and toads love to eat slugs and snails, I sometimes wonder
what happens to them if they eat a slug that has been dining on slugs
pellets? But I suppose we all know.
All the items in red
mentioned in this article are available at the
Green Pest Control Company website.
Owen has tried each of them personally and they work.
The prices on the website are the price you pay - there is no
If you order by phone or e-mail, quote GARDENACTION and you will
The frogs will travel a reasonable distance to take slugs so the
houses don’t have to be in the middle of the borders.
||We also administered a couple of watering cans of
Nematodes. These parasitic nematodes are
supplied in granule form, they are mixed in the watering can and applied
to the garden.
The Nematode burrows into the slug at the hump or saddle
on the slugs back and because the slug normally dies underground there
is no slimy mess to be seen.
The Nematode works when the soil reaches a temperature of 5°C/41°F
and it's damp. Twelve million Nematodes is a suitable number for up to
40 Sq metres which is the size of the average garden. Once watered in
they get to work and last for six to eight weeks. I find that after that
time most plants have become established and are capable of withstanding
an attack and even then there is reduced activity. Normally an
application twice a year would be sufficient for most gardens.
One of the main reasons for using Nematodes as a control method is
the elimination of secondary poisoning to other wildlife, and this can
include your own pets.
Where I live in Airedale there are lots of Mistle thrushes and
Blackbirds at the moment who love slugs and snails so I won’t take a
chance on harming such beautiful birds by using chemical based control.
|Remember the other slug predator we should encourage is the hedgehog.
hedgehog home in your garden
will keep the hedgehog in your garden, I find we have a hedgehog that
has become a family friend especially with my small grandson who has
named it - hmm nice name - Herbert ?
Nematodes can be used to control all manner of pests, Leatherjackets,
Chafer grub, Ants, Vine Weevil and caterpillars so there is no need for
the toxins to leave the back of the shed!
In the green house we have established a colony of Ladybirds to
control the aphids, with a ladybird-insect house on the wall they have a
safe haven to return too.
Remember there are ways to control most pests without the use of
chemicals, possibly pesticides might have a place in large scale food
production but we need to find alternatives where ever and whenever
I can control
most mammals and insects
with eco friendly methods, I admit in some cases I do have to resort to
the use of chemicals, when I do this I use the minimum to achieve a
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