Summer is here, and you’ve probably already noticed the first sprouts starting to push through the soil, flowers starting to bloom, and fruit trees starting to bud. You’ll also start to notice a lot more activity - spider mites, broad mites, aphids, fungus gnats, whiteflies, beetles, and thrips.
This is the time of the year when it’s most important to gain control of these pests before they take over your garden and ruin your crop. Fortunately, this can be done without resorting to harsh chemicals.
In the event that you're dealing with a potential pest problem or full blown infestation, there are ways that you can combat these pests naturally and keep tabs on just what it is you're fighting. Let’s take a look at two useful products that can help get those pesky bugs to buzz off.
Guard N’ Spray
Guard N’ Spray is an OMRI listed, natural pesticide that is sold in a concentrated form, so there will be plenty to last the season. The active ingredients include Rosemary Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Sesame Oil, and Citric Acid. Guard N’ Spray is effective in killing the most frequent garden pests: spider mites, broad mites, aphids, fungus gnats, whiteflies, beetles, and thrips. It’s also effective at preventing both powdery and downy mildews.
All you need to do is dilute it with water, place it in a spray bottle, and squirt the insects you see! Of course, you’ll also want to spray your plants down – at least once a day, depending on the severity of the infestation.
FlyWeb Insect Cards
One of the safest ways to control insects in your garden is with FlyWeb Insect Cards. What makes these cards our favorite is that they are dual sided and feature an easy-peel film that is pulled off before use. No need to worry about glue getting stuck to your clothing – or your hands! An added bonus is that these cards are serrated; they can easily be split into three smaller cards, great for monitoring or placing around the base of a stem.
The Yellow/Yellow cards are ideal for aphids, whiteflies, and fungus gnats while the Yellow/Blue Cards are ideal for aphids, whiteflies, fungus gnats, thrips, and leafminers.
The short of it is that FlyWeb Insect Cards are versatile – they can be folded into a triangular shape around the base of the plant to control fungus gnats in seedlings, clones, or mature plants or unfolded cards can be hung from the branch nodes on your plant for flying insect, aphid, and whitefly control.