Usually when we see weeds or pests in our gardens, we immediately apply chemicals to them. Or we apply the chemicals as prevention. Exposure to pesticides has been linked to a long list of health problems and diseases. Some of the common ones are Parkinson's, infertility, cancer and birth defects to just name a few. Another problem with these pesticides is that the law does not require companies to test lawn pesticides with the same standards as pesticides that are used on commercially-grown food. That is why many people are lobbying for organic pest control.
In addition to the harm they can do to us humans, pesticides contaminate the air, water, soil, plants, and animals around us. For example, many studies have proven that pesticides harm honeybees, butterflies, ladybugs (which eat lots of other pests), and fish, and that lawn chemicals seep into the water table. And besides that, they can be expensive. Learning to use organic pest control to combat pests is a great way to help your health and that of your neighbors and the environment.
An important thing to consider is that healthy organic soil is an easy way to reduce pests in the first place. Plants tend to thrive in an organically rich environment, which helps them fight off pests on their own. If you don't already have one or more compost bins for composting at home, get one. It also wouldn't hurt to have a compost pail to keep near the kitchen sink to collect vegetable scraps conveniently. Organic pest control is a lot simpler than most people think.
There are some plants which repel insects naturally, and it might be a good idea to plant these amongst your other plants. Examples of plants resistant to insects are garlic, onion and marigolds. There are also insects which eat other insects instead of your plants. Praying mantis and ladybugs can be used to effectively control garden insects. They can be bought in egg sacs or live from many garden stores. You just need to release them into the garden and they will find aphids or similar food and happily live off them. This can all be a way of practising organic pest control.
If you spot some of the bigger insects on your plants, it is easy enough to pick them off. You can wear gloves if you don't fancy touching the bugs and drop them into a container soapy water. Morning or evening is usually the best time to find the most insects on the plants.
It is also possible to make physical barriers in some cases. For example, if you cut the top and bottom from a can or jar, and push the container into the soil around fragile young plants, this will keep cutworms away. You can sprinkle bone meal earth around plants if slugs are a problem since slug pellets contain chemicals which we are trying to avoid. You can protect your produce from grasshoppers using fine netting. As an organic gardener, you will discover new creative of organic pest control to control insects in your garden if they are pests rather than resort to spraying toxic chemicals around.