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DIY Insect Pest Control for the Vegetable Garden

It’s true, there is no shortage of pests that are looking to invade your garden beds, and eat the plants you have worked so hard to grow! Fortunately there are many DIY pest control tips that you can use to control harmful insects in your garden and lawn. 

This infographic shows many DIY strategies that you can use to start controlling pests in your lawn today. 

FAQ for DIY Insect Control

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about DIY insect control in vegetable gardens which are answer by this infographic.

1. What are common insect pests found in vegetable gardens? 

Some of the most common destructive insects found in vegetable gardens include; aphids, Japanese beetles, squash beetles, grasshoppers, cabbage worms, earwigs, mealy beetles, leaf miners, gypsy moths, and spider mites. 

2. What beneficial bugs can I add to my garden to control pest infestations?

Get this, there are many bugs which can help you control pest outbreaks in your garden. These bugs include; Lady bugs, lacewings, praying mantis, ground beetles, spiders, rove beetles, hover flies, dragonflies, predatory mites and parasitic wasps. 

3. How do I get beneficial insects in my garden?

If you are looking to hire some backup insects to help you with your DIY pest control, there are two methods you can use to get beneficial insects in your garden. You can either buy them at a local store or online, or you can use insectary plants to attract them to your garden. 

4. What are common insectary plants?

Insectary plants that attract beneficial insects include; cornflower, fennel, alyssum, forage, anise, marigolds, sunflowers, cup plants, golden marguerite, and cosmos. According to this infographic at least 5-10% of your garden should be insectary plants to provide sufficient pest control

5. Are row covers good at preventing pest insects?

Yes, row covers are an excellent DIY method for preventing insects in your vegetable gardens. 

6. How do you install row covers?

This infographic shows you exactly how to install row covers to prevent insect infestations in three steps.

7. What other methods can I use to control pests in the garden?

Diatomaceous earth is an excellent all around insect control in the garden. Diatomaceous earth can be easily spread throughout the garden and controls pesky insects by drying them out. The only downside is that you will need to re-apply it each time it rains. 

The infographic from provides various DIY strategies for insect pest control in vegetable gardens. It covers common pests like aphids and Japanese beetles, and suggests beneficial bugs like ladybugs and lacewings for natural control. Methods to attract these helpers include buying them or planting insectary plants like marigolds and sunflowers. Additionally, it recommends using row covers for protection and diatomaceous earth for pest deterrence, with a reminder to reapply it after rain. 

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