Selection of Insect Control Tactic
Selection of Insect Control Tactic is easy, because you have an impressive array of natural control tactics at your disposal.
Whenever Organic Garden Information presents information on an
insect,I will give the most appropriate natural controls available for
The tactics available vary with the crop, pest, time of year,
and geographic region. Whatever tactic you decide start with the
gentlest tactic first. If the pest is persistent and populations are
too high for gentle action, then proceed from there to more weighty
Tactics available (in weighted order) for natural pest
- The basic and most important strategy behind Organic Pest
Management (OPM) is prevention.
Prevention starts with a balanced eco-system in your organic garden.
Think of the whole garden in terms of soil, water, plants, microorganisms
and air when working towards a balanced insect population.
- Clear the garden of debris - This
includes boards, trash and
excess organic matter that is not being used as a mulch.
- Crop rotation - Crop
rotation is important to ensure the health of the soil.
disease and insect resistant varieties - choose
plants from established garden centers and seeds from seed
companies with an established record of success.
- plant plants next to one another that compliment each other
physically and physiologically.
insects - attract or purchase these insects for
insects -often just hand picking the insects off
the plant is
a great control.
- Insect Barriers and traps.
- Sticky traps can be handmade or purchased commercially.
- Pitfall traps are sometimes used to help collect and
observe crawling insect pests. (see Snail
traps as an example)
- Barriers are used to prevent damage from certain insect
pests. Instead of trapping, barriers block feeding activity of the
pests. Insect-collars and soil shields fit this
- Safe, natural
and environmental insecticides.
Next Step - Step 5 - After
control tactic, go to Implementation of Insect Control
back to Seven Steps to Successful Organic Pest Management