How To Keep Pests Out of Your Garden or Greenhouse

Bright summer days are just around the corner. For many of us, that means fun-filled outdoor activity and toiling in the garden, with fresh flowers and veggies being the reward of months-long devotion.

Unfortunately, hard work not only pays off for you, but also for the most unwanted of guests — garden pests. Knowing how to keep pests out of the garden and greenhouse is just as important as tending to the plants themselves. In this article, we will explore practical pest prevention methods so you can enjoy your garden or greenhouse worry-free.

Pest-Preventing Plants

Pesticides are effective but harmful for wholesome garden plants, especially if you are going organic. Instead, plan out the strategic addition of particular herbs, flowers and grasses that ward off insects. The following plants carry pest-deterring properties to keep your garden and greenhouse safe from a multitude of dangerous bugs:

  • Spearmint and peppermint
  • Basil
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Citronella
  • Garlic
  • Bay leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender

Attract the Right Bugs

A powerful approach to removing harmful pests is adding garden-friendly insects to prey on them. These helpful bugs can be attracted or introduced to the garden to actively attack plant-destroying nuisances.

  • Ladybugs can eat over 50 aphids daily, while also feasting on many other soft-bodied bugs.
  • Spiders may be undesirable in the home, but as one of the most efficient insect killers out there, they can do your garden a world of good.
  • While they are actually a parasite, microscopic beneficial nematodes attack harmful insect larvae in the soil while leaving good insects alone.
  • Praying mantises have a taste for grasshoppers, moths, beetles and tons of other garden inhabitants. Unfortunately, this includes butterflies and bees so take caution when deploying them.

Pest Barriers and Traps for the Garden and Greenhouse

Putting up walls and obstacles for pests to maneuver around makes their work far more difficult. With proper barriers, you can successfully isolate plants from outside threats. Consider these preventative measures for your garden or greenhouse:

  • Cups of beer set up in the garden will attract and drown slugs.
  • All-purpose flour dusted on garden plants gets rid of grasshoppers, mites and other insects.
  • Chopped up onion pureed into a spray can be misted on plants to deter aphids.
  • Sticky traps hung throughout the greenhouse catch moths and flies.

These are just a few of the many clever DIY pest prevention techniques for your garden and greenhouse. For more information on effective pest control or help with a pest problem on your property, contact Dayton’s Pest Control today.