3 Benefits of Using a Natural Pesticide in Your Vegetable Garden
There’s a shared misconception that the only way to rid your garden of pests is to set afloat a complete-extent pesticide attack. In truth, there are as many alternatives as there are reasons not to use shared pesticides. Here are three benefits of using a natural pesticide in your vegetable garden.
You probably already own (or can buy cheaply) natural pesticides
Believe it or not, there’s a good chance you already own at the minimum a associate of safe, natural alternatives to chemical pesticides. Most of these items are already more effective than their chemical alternatives, too. for example borax, a commonly used crystalline salt in the manufacture of soap and detergent, is an excellent solution for getting rid of cockroaches and other pests. Most people need only go so far as under their kitchen sink to find a solution to their problem.
While borax can ward off cockroaches, there are a ton of other examples. For example a squeeze of lemon juice or citrus anywhere you’ve seen ants is a good way to make sure they never return. I had only to go to my local hardware store to find Neem Oil to get rid of my white and waxy critters. Diatemaceous earth, chalk, talcum powder, charcoal, cayenne pepper, and already damp coffee grounds have all been proven to be effective as a pesticide or deterrent.
You won’t be killing humans!
You’ve probably heard by now that pesticides are extremely toxic and potentially deadly to humans. Depending on the chemical used, it may only take a very small dosage to kill or do irreparable damage, though it may take some years to surface. Chemical pesticides have a proven link with neurological damage to the brain and nervous system, especially in children. The spectrum of negative affects ranges from fatigue, nausea, and skin irritations, to brain disorders, reproductive disorders, cancer, and already death.
You won’t be killing the ecosystem!
Over 98% of sprayed insecticides find their way into some other location than the garden they were meant to protect. Pesticides aren’t only toxic to pests and humans, they’re also deadly to animals. When pesticides contaminate unintended land and water it can cause great damage to our ecosystem.
In fact, insects have been shown to develop resistances and immunities to the same pesticides that were meant to kill them. This creates a kind of genetic manipulation that causes the species to be harder to kill, which makes their populations grow and can throw complete ecosystems out of balance.