Implementation of Insect Control
For insect control, a major factor influencing the selected tactic is its actual implementation.
Note: Before implementing any
control, make sure that you have followed the
previous four steps. Review
the first four steps
Knowing what to do and how to do it is necessary when
decide to implement the control tactic.
- Handpicking - When you handpick is
important for efficient control. For example, I
early morning or late afternoon (just before dark) is the most
effective at catching Tomato
Hornworms. Tomato Hornworms are more active at
those times of the day than in the hot part of the day.
- Beneficial insect - Make sure you
research the beneficial insect you are going to release. You may
wasps or ladybeetles
all at once, but if you release them at the wrong time (when the pest
is abundant) or not at mixed intervals the beneficial
insect may die or fly away.
- Insect Barriers and traps - Study the
insect pest's biology. What attracts them? When and where are
they most active? This will determine how and where you set
In our area, in Southern California, there is a time in the summer
where we are inundated with a massive population of earwigs.
into the house and are generally a nuisance. I noticed that most of
them are on the "lighted" porch and lamp post. The light in our house
was attracting them. So I rigged a lamp close to the ground out on my
front porch to attract them. AMAZING! It worked. They all
congregated near the lamp and stayed out of the house. I just
collected them up and fed them to my Tilapia. EASY!
Ironically, after that year the earwigs have not been a problem like we
saw in previous years.
Become a Garden Sage and Intuitively Know What to Do
With time and observation, you will become intuitive,
knowledgeable about your organic garden, and will be able to predict
population trends and resultant damage. With "observation" you will be
able to quickly ascertain, if not predict, future results and head them
off with the right tactic. Once you attain this "garden sage" status,
you will be able to plan with the gentlest of insect control tactics.
Next Step - Step 6 - After
Control comes re-assessment
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