Insects, bugs, and other pests are a natural part of a garden. Some pests, however, will feed on your plants and damage them. There are some plants that you can include in your garden that are natural deterrents for some pests.

Pesticides, on the other hand, are an effective way to get rid of the pesky bugs. The tips in this section include information on what to look for in a pesticide and how to apply it safely.

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   Control Aphids Naturally
Aphids are tiny bugs that can sap the life out of your plants. Most aphid infestations can be washed off with water, but some require a rinse with a detergent solution. If you want to prevent aphid infestations, plant onions, garlic, or chives in with your plants.

   Control Caterpillars in Your Garden
Caterpillars can be both pretty and exciting for small children, but they will also destroy your garden if left alone. Inspect your plants regularly and remove caterpillars and their eggs by hand. You may also kill caterpillars with organic pesticides containing derris, pyrethrum, or caterpillar killing bacteria.

   Make Your Own Natural Insecticide
While many commercial insecticides will kill the bugs in your home or garden, these chemicals can be dangerous for your plants and your family. Instead of spending money on a potentially harmful chemical, try a homemade insecticide made of things you keep around the house. Spray the insecticide evenly over your plants to keep them bug free.

   Organic Pesticides
Organic pesticides are pesticides that come from natural sources such as plants and minerals. Even though they come from natural sources does not mean they are safe for use. Some can be very toxic to humans, while others can be destructive to the environment. Be careful while using any pesticide to follow the directions exactly, and read the warning label to make sure you are not damaging things that you want kept whole.


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