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How to Use Natural Insecticides in the Garden

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How to Use Natural Insecticides in the Garden

Rather than spraying chemicals on your vegetable and flower gardens, use assorted natural insecticides to keep unwanted critters out. Chemical pesticides and insecticides leech into the ground and eventually make their way to waterways, resulting in environmental pollution. They also damage earthworms and other below-ground residents, are harmful to humans if inhaled or ingested, potentially harm pets, and otherwise won’t help plants that receive such poisonous spray. If you’re having a problem with pests eating your plant leaves, flowers and fruit, use natural means to deter them.

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There are plenty of options concerning natural insecticides and pest deterrents, including plants and flowers pests find distasteful, diy insecticidal soap, herbs, tobacco and much more.

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Studies on chemical pesticides and insecticides have linked them to cancer, autism and other health issues. People who use such chemicals are always advised to minimize contact as much as possible, wear protective clothing, goggles and or masks, and to prevent child and animal exposure.

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Many chemical insecticides and pesticides are effective by harming the nervous system of pest insects. Some chemicals found in insecticides, such as organophosphates, were used as nerve agents during World War II, though these and similar chemicals have been removed from the market due to health issues with children and adults. Glyphosphate, known commercially as Roundup, is one of the most toxic herbicides on the market today. Studies by the Women’s Cancer Resource Center and Coalition for a Healthy Oakland School Environment found glyphosphate harmful to the liver, kidneys and reproductive organs. It harms mammals, birds, beneficial insects and earthworms.

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Refrain from the use of chemical insecticides and pesticides whenever possible, and purchase produce from your local farmers market to avoid consuming food sprayed with these harmful products.

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Natural Insecticide Recipes

Try the following natural insecticide recipes for assorted unwanted insects and other garden pests. You may have to experiment to find which recipes work best!

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