Garden Pests and Pest Control
So many people are trying to grow their own food now. Many of those are new to gardening and the problems that garden, and yard pest pose to home-grown crops. This blog touches on pest control for produce intended for human consumption.
Can you Use Pesticides on Food You Intend to Eat?
There are two things that gardeners need to know. One is that garden pests are often very small and the toxicity in plants need only be a small amount. The second thing is that toxins do not diminish as they move up the food chain.
What that means is that those small doses of pesticides that you would spray on your garden, will pass to you if you consumer the food. Can you use pesticides on food you intend to eat? Yes and no.
First, a pesticide is any substance that is designed to control a pest population and they go by many names. In that definition we also include organic or green pesticides. If you are going to control pests in your garden with pesticides, you should use food-grade pesticides.
Controlling Pests Naturally
Green pesticides are a good place to start with yard and garden pest control. You can do a fairly good job of controlling pest populations by using a consistent plan of action. Adult insects, for example, have a short life. You can control them before they become adults by using green products that kill off insects in all four stages of their lifecycle – adults, larvae, pupa, and egg.
By keeping emerging pest populations low, you avoid infestations that do significant damage to gardens. Learn more about how to safely control yard and garden pests all year long by giving us a call. We provide pest control services throughout the greater Bryan, Texas communities.