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Medicine Bee Herbals - Gardening for Pollinators

Garden Pests & Top Natural Organic Control Products

There is no such thing as one-size–fits-all organic remedy for destructive insects. Instead, you should tailor your plan of attack to the pest itself, while also considering potential risks to beneficial insects and other wildlife. The pests below are grouped according to control measures that are known to work well.

Cabbage WormCabbageworms, mosquito larvae, army worms, tomato hornworms, other leaf-eating caterpillars and fungus gnats in green-house

Best Organic Treatment: Products made from naturally occurring Bacillus Thuringiensis, often abbreviated, as Bt, such as Dipel Dust and Gnatrol. After the insects eat the insects the bacteria, their guts rupture and they die. It’s important to note that sunlight degrades Bt after a few hours.

AphidsAphids [except green peach aphids], mealy bugs and more!

Best Organic Treatment: insecticidal soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Soap [with Lavender, Tea Tree or Peppermint scented]; which breaks down the pests’ protective cuticles so they quickly become dehydrated. Repeat applications may be needed, and leaf tissues of some plants may be damaged, especially in very hot weather.

MitesMites, scale and more!

Best Organic Treatment: Light horticultural oils, such as our plant –based broad spectrum oils. When applied directly to pests, these oils interfere with respiration, causing insects to suffocate and die. These oils also can kill beneficial mites and cause leaf injury to some plants.

Squash BeetleSquash bugs, leafhoppers, cabbage root maggots, onion root maggots and more!

Best Organic Treatment: Products based on extracts or oil from Neem trees, such as Medicine Bee Herbal’s Neem oil. Neem oil interferes with molting, reduces feeding and causes insects to stop laying eggs. Apply when pest insects are young and repeat applications every few days (similar to the other oils with Medicine Bee Herbals)

TripsColorado potato beetles, Mexican bean beetles, thrips, Cucumber beetles, Rose slugs, ants, leaf feeding beetles, and more!

Best Organics Treatment: Products based on spinosad, such as Monterey Garden Insect Spray are made from naturally occurring bacteria found in some Caribbean soils. Spinosad causes susceptible insects to have convulsions until they die of exhaustion. This substance is toxic to honeybees and other beneficial insects, so treated plants should be covered to exclude accidental casualties.

Also, Milky Spore, naturally occurring bacteria found in – Bacillus papilla spores works for most beetles mentioned above & beetles like the Japanese beetle or grubs in your lawn for the soil area.

Roaches, ants and silverfish

Best Organic Treatment: Products made from Boric Acid, a naturally occurring mineral, or those made from diatomaceous earth [DE], a powder made from fossilized prehistoric crustaceans called diatoms. Boric acid is a stomach poison, and you can buy ready to use boric acid baits, such as Medicine Bee Herbal’s Boric Acid and Ant killing traps. The sharp edges of DE cut into insects’ bodies, causing them to die of dehydration. In the first few days after their habitat is treated, cockroaches may become more visible as they desperately search for water, but will die within two weeks. DE becomes less effective when wet and prolonged exposure can cause lung irritation in people and pets. The best way to use DE indoors is to put it in cabinets and wall crevices. Also, DE can be taken for human or animal consumption to remove internal parasites. Don’t worry not poisonous for human or pet consumption, but beneficial!

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