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Insect Control

Organic insect control is possible.  It usually involves a means other than poisoning the insect.  One method is to capture the insect.  For example, an effective means for dealing with slugs is to bury an open beer in your garden.  Slugs will be attracted to the beer and will crawl into the beer and drown. 


White flies are common pest in the Southeast.  Whitefly Traps
will attract and capture whiteflies, fungus gnats, thrips and other pests in gardens, greenhouses and potted plants. Once the card is covered with insects, replace it with another.
Diatomaceous Earth is made from the mineral remains of single-cell aquatic plants.  This low cost, effective product is a super-fine dust that kills by abrading and dehydrating crawling insects.  It controls slugs, ants, cockroaches, earwigs, fleas, and other crawling insects without the use of chemicals. For dry application of Diatomaceous Earth
use a duster and cover the entire plant. You can also use a flour sifter. Apply to both the top and bottom of the leaf.   Applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. It is a long lasting, effective powder.  Insects can not build up resistance.  This is also effective to control parasites on pets and livestock.  (Wear a dust mask when applying large amounts of it.)

Of course, there is a concern about its impact on bees. It can kill bees just like any other powder designed to kill insects. If the bees get in it, it will stick to them like pollen and be used in the hive with the pollen and kill the bees that are exposed to it. But, this doesn't mean that we can't use 
Diatomaceous EarthJust be careful with it. Only use it when necessary and use a pesticide applicator. Don't use it on plants that are blooming unless you are willing to either cover the plants or keep the bees in. If you provide clean drinking water for the bees that is easy for them to reach, they won't drink the water off the dirt.

Backyard garden and chicken consultations are $60 in the Metro Atlanta counties of Gwinnett, Fulton, DeKalb, Rockdale and Henry.   We are willing to travel outside of these areas for an additional travel fee.

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