Natural and simple remedies to get rid of garden pests.

Hello Gardeners!  

How to get rid of parasites, what natural remedies can you use to get rid of them? In this article I will show you some home remedies to get rid of pests in a simple way and using products that you can find at home and that are inexpensive.    

What is a pest?  

Pests are a group of living organisms (animals or plants) that destroy plants, crops, etc. Examples of pests we may find in our garden are: ants, caterpillars, snails and slugs, altisas, cabbage flies and moles or sap worms, etc.  

What is a Pesticide?  

Pesticides are substances used to destroy pests to protect the garden. They help prevent crop loss and, potentially, human illness. There are artificial pesticides that are not environmentally friendly and can be dangerous to people when applied in the garden. However, in biodynamics there are natural alternatives to artificial pesticides. 

Natural and home remedies:  

  •  Cinnamon: This spice is effective in controlling aphids. First, remove the aphids already present. In a spray bottle, put natural water, add cinnamon oil. You can use it at any time to fight this pest. A super easy remedy to make.   
  • Garlic: This remedy is effective against aphids, mites and onion flies. It is prepared with garlic peels. In a pot of water, put these garlic peels or you can also use garlic cloves. Let it boil for 5 minutes, then let it cool down before straining and applying to the plants. 
  • Onion: This remedy is effective against aphids, mites and carrot fly. In a saucepan with water, put the onion peels.  Let it boil for 10 minutes, strain it, let it cool and pour it into a spray bottle. It is now ready to be applied to the plants, preferably in the evening and twice a week. Another remedy is to use chopped onions and put them in a container with water. Place them in your garden or home to keep pests away.   
  • Banana: This remedy is effective against aphids. Banana peels are placed in the soil near the stems of plants. This helps to eliminate weeds and pests. It also adds some nutrients to the soil.   
  • Coffee:  This remedy is effective against snails and fungi.  After drinking a cup of coffee, you can reuse the coffee grounds and put them in your garden or in a flower pot. Many insects can’t stand the smell of coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are also used as food for earthworms and as fertilizer for plants. Also, you can use it to improve compost and soil.   
  • Baking Soda: is effective against ants, cabbage worms or aphids. You can use a solution of baking soda and rainwater. Then add a touch of oil or black soap to help the baking soda mixture adhere to the plants being treated. Finally, put it in a spray bottle and you are ready to apply it to your garden. 

What other natural and easy-to-do home remedies do you know? What do you think of these remedies? Have you used them? 

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