10 Methods to Control Pests Without Pesticides
Some insects are pests, harmful that could be a real problem for cannabis cultivation, eventually they are able to destroy the entire crop; but conventional and chemical pesticides can be even more dangerous. Here are 10 natural biological control solutions that will help you save your plants and your environment.
Organic growth - without pesticides
Cannabis cultivation has become very popular in recent years, but those new to growing cannabis are little aware of the importance of the danger of pesticides.
Even in a supposedly protected environment like home, in the open air, a wide variety of pests can attack your plants, poke holes in foliage, create health problems until everything is completely destroyed. your investment in the material. Therefore the use of a suitable, clean and natural "pesticide" is a highly recommended topic for any grower.
Regarding pest control, chemical pesticides are both used in industry, in food crops, but also in homes against pests and other unwanted insects like cockroaches ... The materials of these conventional pesticides are highly toxic and dangerous for humans.
Medical cannabis unlike food is usually consumed through the lungs and the respiratory system, and does not go through the selective sorting process that the liver allows. Combined with high temperatures produced by a seal or spray, dangerous pesticides from their residues embedded in the plant can be more harmful than the parasites themselves, and endanger the health of the consumer. A treatment of your plants via natural products is therefore highly recommended.
1 solution. tobacco-based pesticides
Nicotine is the active ingredient in tobacco; but also a formidable insecticide for use on inedible plants. A simple and affordable solution used by many countries for pest control.
To make a tobacco-based pesticide:
- insert 2 tablespoons of rolling tobacco or 4 cigarettes in a 2 liter water bottle
- after 24 hours of soaking, pour the juice back into a spray bottle, dilute with clean water in the proportions representing 60% water and 40% tobacco
- spray only the leaves and stems of the plant
2 solution. insect control plants
One of the most environmentally friendly solutions in cannabis protection is protection via insect-resistant plants, especially those with a strong odor that insects prefer to avoid.
Among these plants mint, chives, sage, rosemary, mint and basil may be very suitable for pest control. In addition, flowers such as nasturtium, also known under the name of "aconite", retain a property strong in essence which will scare away any insect.
You can also create your own pesticide based on these plants:
- slow cooking in a saucepan for 24 hours
- once the contents are cold, pour the contents into a spray bottle
- spray insects directly
Solution 3. Garlic - a natural antibiotic
Garlic cloves are particularly spicy, strong odor often reminiscent of the "nature of antibiotics" due to its exploitation against bacteria, fungi and its ability to cure humans of various infectious diseases.
In addition, it can be used as an insect exterminator, as a natural insect repellent.
- cut the garlic cloves into pieces
- spread the pieces around the growing area
Garlic will act as a repellent when approaching aphids, ants and other flying insects.
4 solution. The Orange Guard
Orange Guard is an organic spray material of natural origin effective against cockroaches, ants, fleas and mites. All the components of the preparation are recognized by the FDA as "Generally Recognized As Safe Gras"
Like dietary supplements, the contents are considered safe to swallow, which makes the preparation of Orange Guard popular among domestic producers.
The use is simple, we spray directly on the insects, the dose recommended by the manufacturer. D-Limonene (present in lemon) eliminates the parasite, moreover the Orange Guard can be used as a spray to clean up your environment and your home.
Solution 5. Neem oil
Neem oil is produced from the seeds of the eponymous fruit tree (neem), in India.
It is considered to be one of the most popular natural pesticides among growers. Neem oil spray causes aggravating disturbances in the insect's reproductive and survival process, leading to death in a form that would not allow the colony to survive.
We know its effectiveness against mildew (vine disease) and especially against mites (red and yellow); Note that the effect of Neem oil wears off quickly when exposed to the sun, but that said it remains the best solution for an indoor culture.
We can find products based on neem oil in the form of concentrate, spray; these products are based on the natural active ingredient and therefore considered to be low toxicity material. In large quantities it can be toxic and cause certain bacteria in the soil (reduction of nitrogen in the soil). In such a case, a fertilizer based on an essential nutrient will restore your soil.
Currently Neem oil is under ban by the European Court, the reasons are unclear. However, it is approved in Australia, New Zealand, and in all the Pacific countries, including New Caledonia, a happy Territorial Community of the French Republic… It is even recommended in Walis and Futuna with the logo of the Ministry of Agriculture ...
6 solution. Pheromone traps
One of the basic and vital processes in insects, and like most wild animals, is a constant quest for a growing environment that will ensure mating. There are special traps in pest control, through the secretion of pheromones (sex hormones) which are used to trap the insect in an environment that will be fatal.
This method works on flying pests, certain butterflies, Mediterranean flour moths and beetles, and can include roaches and other insects of the same kind. However, it is important to note that this kind of solution does not destroy the pests, but reduces or eliminates the natural reproductive cycle.
Solution 7. Cinnamon, the "remedy"
Arguably one of the most controversial and critical solutions by amateurs and professionals alike is the dispersal of cinnamon powder around the plant, the plantation as a whole.
Apart from the strong odor released by cinnamon, the powder is an excellent insect repellent which causes ants and aphids to suffocate… and therefore to death.
8 solution. White vinegar
White vinegar can be bought easily and cheaply anywhere, and remains one of the strongest natural insecticides. This vinegar is considered the most effective method for the extermination of ants.
For this :
- pour the vinegar into a sprayer
- spray directly on insects, plants and even walls, floor and other empty space that requires home spraying.
Be careful not to splash the plant itself, vinegar can affect their health and development.
9 solution. the stars of the kitchen
The stars of the kitchen, soap mixed with cooking oil can easily make the pest environment worse.
"Kichen Shield" recipe
- mix in a cup of cooking oil, a tablespoon of soap (Marseille)
- the preparation is diluted in 1 liter of water, ie 4 spoons of your “Kichen Shield” per liter
- splash the growing environment, plants, walls and floors
Solution 10. limestone & talc
Chalk and talcum powder are two fatalities and completely fatal against some insects. This method is particularly effective against ants and flying insects, which will not dare to approach the particles released by the dusting of your environment.
But this does not bother a majority of insects, and against them will have to use other methods described above ^^