Pests, Weeds and Plant Disease

What is non-toxic pest management? It means:

1 -That you do not get hysterical about a few bugs or weeds, and vow to spray “just this once.”

2 – You practice prevention (rather than do the extremes of crisis management).

3 – You focus on building a healthy, biologically-rich soil with organic fertilizers, beneficial soil microbes, and compost to reduce pests.  Healthy soil grows healthy plants.

4 – You promote biological ecosystem diversity (vs. mono-cropping) throughout your whole property to attract natural predators like birds, spiders, and beneficial insects.

5 – You aim to avoid killing off beneficial organisms with any chosen pest treatment strategy.

6 – You strive for prevention. It is least costly and non-toxic.

Remember that you can reduce but will never eradicate anything.  Enjoy this extensive set of strategies.

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Author Ellen Vande Visse Managing Pests…Organically! An Introduction Synthetic Pesticides include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and rodenticides.  Synthetic pesticides and even some natural ones often have harmful effects on humans and pets.  Even in amounts as small as parts-per-billion doses, pesticides can disrupt hormones, damage nervous systems, and cause various cancers.  Children are more susceptible that adults because their brains are still developing. When you aim a pesticide at certain weeds or bugs, you also kill off soil food web microorganisms.  You may not have intended this, but you drastically reduce the beneficial organisms like mycorrhizal fungi in your soil.  Synthetic pesticide toxicity persists for years, decades, lifetimes.  Pesticides are widespread.  Without breaking down, pesticides wash into water systems and drinking …