Slugs, aphids, and grubs – these pesky critters are bound to attack your plants if you aren’t careful! Here are some easy ways to get rid of these garden pests without having to use any harmful chemical spray.
5 Pesky Garden Pests and How to Get Rid of Them Naturally
- Slugs: These slow-moving bugs absolutely love beer. So, fill an empty can with beer and bury it in your garden soil up to the rim. Slugs will move into the beer overnight and drown. Then you can just toss out the can in the morning and replace it with a fresh one.
- Snails: Put a board or two on the garden soil, and snails will take shelter in the damp shade underneath them. Then pick up the boards and scrape the snails into the trash. Remember to always water your garden in the morning – if the soil is dry at night, slugs and snails will be less active.
- Earwigs: Roll up sheets of wet newspaper and lay them around the garden at night. By sunrise, earwigs will crawl inside the wet pages for shelter. Gather the papers before they become dry, bugs and all. Don’t throw the newspapers into your trashcan – if you do, the earwigs will escape and make their way back into your garden. Either burn the papers and bugs, dispose of the earwigs into a toilet or sink and flush them down the drain, or tie up the papers and bugs tightly inside a plastic bag (without any openings) and put them in the garbage.
- Aphids: Put together your own citrus-rind spray by grating the rind of one lemon or orange and combine it with 1 pint of boiling water. Let it steep overnight, then strain through a coffee filter to get rid of the bits of rind. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, and spray the aphids on the leaves of your plants. Make sure to spray beneath the leaves, where many aphids tend to get together. Reapply every four to seven days as long as you still have the aphid problem.
- Grubs and Japanese Beetles: Milky spore is a natural powder that kills grubs, keeping them from developing into beetles and doesn’t harm other organisms. It can take a year or more for the spore to become established in your soil, but once the spore is established, it keeps working for a decade or more.
A sure fire way to keep bothersome pests out of your garden is to use an insecticide such as Kapow. It’s made with natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about harming your plants or you loved ones.