Deterring Nasty Bugs

The Garden Committee is sharing their processes used in deterring nasty bugs in the Organic garden behind the church. It may be helpful to your own gardens as well. (Please note that any dish soap mentioned would also be organic.)

Place a pot underneath the infected plants, a small jar with apple cider vinegar about an inch deep and then enough dish soap to make a thick film on top. Needs to be refilled as it evaporates or gets rained out.

Insect Problems in Apple and Pear Trees
A hot pepper mix can be made of 8 really hot peppers pureed with enough water to blend them. Blend really well, strain to get the big chunks out and then strain again through a paper towel or napkin or fine cheesecloth as the little bits will clog a sprayer.

Rinse with a little water to get as much as you can, squeeze as needed. Put liquid into sprayer pump bottle with 4 tbsp dish soap and fill with water. One fill does about 1/2 the trees in back of the church. This can be used on vegetables and hollyhocks as well.

White Flies
Spray with insecticidal soap. Follow up twice or three times.

Use yellow sticky traps to monitor or collect whiteflies lurking among tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes or cabbage family crops. A half-and-half mixture of petroleum jelly and dishwashing detergent, spread over small boards painted bright yellow, is sticky enough to catch little whiteflies.

A small vacuum is the best way to remove whiteflies from plants because it will remove both nymphs and larvae.

Try this homemade mixture from the Almanac to control and deter whiteflies:
In a 32-ounce spray bottle mix 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 5 parts water, and 1 tablespoon liquid soap. Spray the mixture on the foliage of garden plants that are susceptible to these pests.

Created June 26, 2020