Bug Control With or Without Pesticides


Don't want to use pesticides? You can help keep bug problems to a minimum by using several easy and inexpensive techniques. Planting native flowers will attract the birds and bugs that will help you win the fight against pests.

Spray aphids with water:
No need for toxic pesticides when a blast of water will help. Spray aphids right off your plants, leaving any survivors for birds and ladybugs to eat. You will know doubt have to keep your eyes open and spray periodically.

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Crush cabbage butterflies before they hatch:
Inspect the undersides of broccoli, cabbage and kale leaves, squishing any tiny, yellow, almond-shaped eggs that appear by themselves. But leave the ones that appear in clusters, which likely belong to ladybugs.

Leaf miners:
Leaf miners eat their way through the middle of chard leaves, leaving somewhat transparent, whitish tunnels. Squish their teeny white eggs, often arranged in neat little rows. Cut off affected leaves.

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Note: when all else fails chemical bug solutions may be your only recourse.

If spraying with chemicals reduce your exposure by wearing proper clothing.
Pesticides can cause skin rashes and irritate eyes, throat, and lungs. Never spray wearng shorts and sandals. At a minimum, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, rubber gloves and waterproof boots.