Different types of Organic Pesticides to use in Agricultural Fields

It’s a no-brainer to keep ourselves and our children safe from dangerous substances, but not all items on the market are as safe as they claim to be. Organic pesticides are a better alternative to chemical pesticides, but they can still be used with care. What are organic pesticides, and are they safe to use?

What are organic pesticides and how do you use them?

Plant pesticides that are manufactured with natural materials are referred to as organic pesticides. It doesn’t mean they’re chemical-free; it just means the chemicals are extracted from natural materials like plants and minerals. They must also be used with caution, but the compounds degrade faster than commercial sources and are considered less dangerous.

Chemicals attack the body at almost all times of the day. They can be found in the climate, the food we consume, the personal care items we use, and even our drinking water. The toxic buildup of these chemicals has been shown to harm the body and reduce wellbeing. Many of today’s commercial chemicals remain in the atmosphere for years, adding to the toxic load in our soil, air, and water. There are a variety of natural pesticides that aren’t created by chemical engineering and return to the environment with less damage and danger. Pesticides for organic gardens must follow the USDA requirements and show a badge indicating that they are approved.

Is it possible to use organic pesticides in the home landscape? 

Organic pesticides for plants have a narrower target range, a slower mode of operation, shorter persistence, lower residue amounts, and are cleaner to use than traditional pesticides. These characteristics are beneficial to both users and the environment, but as with any recipe, you must pay close attention to the time and mode of application, as well as any safeguards.


Natural Pesticides: What Are They and How Do They Work? 

Biochemical, microbial, botanical, and mineral-based organic pesticides are all available. Many of these are derived from herbs, insects, and naturally occurring minerals.

  • Biochemical pesticides are intriguing because of their versatility and deception. Pheromones are a form of scent that may come from nature or be manufactured. They have the ability to monitor insect populations by disrupting mating behaviour.
  • Bacteria, fungi, algae, naturally occurring viruses, and protozoans are all examples of microbial agents. These either infect a certain insect population with a disease, contain a poison, or restrict reproduction. This kind of natural pesticide includes milky spore.
  • Botanical pesticides are derived from plants. Other plants are used to make nicotine, neem, rotenone, sabadilla, and pyrethrins. Pyrethrins, for example, are derived from the chrysanthemum plant and are used to kill flying insects as well as larvae and grubs.
  • Sulfur and lime-sulfur are examples of mineral-based controls. Both are used to combat various insect pests and are sprayed. 


Organic Pesticides Made at Home 

Before scientific technologies and research come to the fore, folk wisdom had a cure-all for all. In the field, pest management was achieved by the use of companion plants and herbs, good cultural practises (such as seed rotation and field burning), or the use of home-made sprays and dusts. 

  • Garlic has the ability to repel bugs and other larvae. Pennyroyal, feverfew, and tansy have outstanding repellent properties and bring vibrant colour, smell, and texture to the landscape. 
  • Beneficial insects like ladybugs and wasps are a natural way to reduce rodent populations. 
  • A typical pesticide for small sucking insects is vegetable oil mixed with organic dish soap. 
  • Fly paper makes sticky traps simple to assemble and useful in tracking flying insects on fruit trees. 
  • Homemade organic pesticides and effective insect control systems abound on the internet.


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