Using sticky insect traps is a natural way to control pests in the garden. They attract predatory insects to your food crop, acting as a decoy for them. These traps are unsightly, but they work to prevent hundreds of more insects from visiting. The traps should not be visible to guests, so make sure to hide them in the shed or garage.
Decoy plants repel insects
You can use decoy plants to repel pests from your garden. These plants will lure pests away from your main crops by posing as a more attractive food source. These plants will need to be carefully monitored throughout the growing season to ensure their effectiveness. If you use decoy plants to repel pests, make sure they are not poisonous and that they are fast-growing.
The number of decoy plants depends on the pests you’d like to repel and the mobility of those pests. Usually, ten to twenty percent of your main crop plants will be enough. You’ll also need to use them early in the growing season, so they attract pests earlier. If possible, you’ll want to use plants with fruit or flowers, as pests will be attracted to them.
Insects prefer green surfaces for landing. So, you can plant clover between cabbages or other vegetables. The cabbage root flies will land on the clover and realize that they’re on the wrong plant. They’ll try again, but will get discouraged.
Another way to repel pests is to grow decoy plants near your main crops. Planting decoy crops near the plants you want to treat will draw pests away from them and prevent them from damaging the primary crops. Alternatively, you can use a spray made of soap and vegetable oil. This spray will suffocate pests and kill aphids and beetles.
Insect sticky traps attract predatory insects
Using sticky traps for garden pests is an excellent way to get rid of a wide variety of pests. These devices attract a variety of insects, from small insects to larger ones, and are widely available at most plant nurseries. One disadvantage of sticky traps is that they don’t catch any predatory animals, but instead attract only insects that are bothersome or destructive to the garden. To make the sticky trap more effective, you can consider purchasing a sticky trap that has a non-selective design, as these can catch a range of pests.
Insect sticky traps are usually three inches by five inches and are covered with a sticky substance that attracts adult flying insects. The numbers of insect pests captured can provide important information about pest levels in a given area and the general direction in which pests are migrating. Using the sticky traps will also enable you to see how pest density fluctuates throughout the seasons.
Insect sticky traps are also a useful tool for controlling pests. They work by using colour and light to attract pests. The colour yellow attracts many insects, as it is the colour of nutritious pollen and nectar. These pests will land on the sticky traps and stick to the sticky glue, which prevents them from bothering your plants. Sticky traps are usually available in different colours to attract different insect species.
They act as a decoy for your food crop
Plant traps in your garden to attract pests and help protect your food crop. The number of traps you need depends on the size of your garden and the number of pests you expect to be present. Typically, 10 to 20 percent of your main crop plants should be covered with traps. You need to place traps early in the season so that hungry insects can discover them. It’s best to plant traps two weeks before planting your food crop.
Depending on the species of pest you’re trying to deter, trap crops can attract different types of insects. Sunflowers, for example, are great for attracting leaf-footed bugs and stink beetles. To get the most effective results, plant them early in the season so they flower in time for the bugs to migrate through. You can then use whichever method you like to get rid of the insects that are attracted to your trap crops. Some gardeners use pesticides to kill off the pests that have infested their crops while others prefer using organic methods.
Using trap crops in the garden is not new. Large farms and organic farmers already use trap crops, but they are relatively unknown to many backyard gardeners. This method of gardening allows you to enjoy the benefits of healthy food crops and nature without using harsh chemicals. It also allows you to enjoy a rewilded garden, which is great for birds, bats and beneficial insects.
They are a natural form of pest control
Using traps in the garden as a natural pest control method can be effective in controlling a wide range of pests. The number of traps you need depends on the amount of pests you expect to encounter and the mobility of individual species. Usually, a number of ten to twenty traps per plant is sufficient. It is important to place traps where they will be readily accessible for hungry insects earlier in the growing season. Typically, you should place traps a couple of weeks before the main crops, if possible. Plants that have flowers, fruits or seeds are preferred by pests, so if possible, place traps near those plants.
One of the simplest traps to use is a sticky barrier. These traps are easily available in garden outlets. Alternatively, you can make them yourself by covering plastic plates with Vaseline or petroleum jelly. Place these traps around the foliage of your plants and check them frequently during the growing season. Ideally, sticky traps are placed near plants’ canopy, so that they will be easy to see and avoid.
Another natural method of pest control involves nematodes. These little creatures live in soil and release bacteria that kills most common insects. They can be purchased online or in some garden centers. These creatures are not harmful to humans and can even be used to control pests.
They are weatherproof
Using weatherproof traps in the garden is a good way to protect your plants. You can make sticky traps out of Masonitea panels painted bright yellow. Coat these traps with a weatherproof adhesive pest product like Tanglefoot or Tack Trap. Place them near plants that are susceptible to thrips and leafminers.
When using traps in the garden, make sure you get ones that are designed for outdoor use. Many of these have a weatherproof base so they won’t fall off. They also have a nontoxic octenol cartridge that lasts for 30 days.
Outdoor traps are an excellent way to capture flies before they enter your house. They are particularly helpful when you grow plants or animals outdoors that attract flies. They are easy to hang, have an adhesive surface that catches flies, and are nontoxic. However, if you live in a rainy area, it may be difficult to use these traps.
One way to get rid of beetles is to use traps in the garden. If you don’t want to spend too much money on chemicals, you can make your own DIY insect traps. These are often effective in areas where the population of beetles is small and isolated. If the problem persists, repeat trapping every week or when you notice the problem is worse.
You can also plant trap crops in your garden. These are special types of crops that you plant in the garden to attract and kill pests. Some examples of trap crops include marigolds, dill, mustards, and turnips. Plant these crops in the garden before your main crop so they have time to grow.
Besides using trap crops, you can also plant trap plants to attract the beneficial insects that feed on harmful insects. These plants are typically planted before your main crops, sometimes even a few days or weeks before. While they won’t completely repel bugs, they can be a first line of defense against the insects that attack your other crops.
Another way to reduce pesticide usage is to use decoy plants. Some plants are more attractive to pests than others. Marigolds, for example, repel tomato hornworms, while chives and basil repel cabbage moths.