Protecting Your Indoor Garden Room From Harmful Pests - Organically

13 August 2015
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You don't have to stop gardening just because the outside weather is cold and windy. Houseplants, vegetables, ferns, flowers, and dwarf fruit trees are just a few of the wonderful plants that you can place in a sunny room. However, the major challenge is keeping harmful pests from destroying your garden. Below are a few ways you can protect your indoor garden room from harmful pests -organically.

Avoid Introducing Pests into Your Home 

Naturally, pests are going to find their way into your home. However, you should avoid  bringing any in in the first place. Many harmful pests are too small to notice with the naked eye. They also may mimic just small bumps on your plants. Watch out for pests such as:

  • Aphids
  • Scale insects
  • Mealybugs
  • Whiteflies

Always check to see if there are any bugs present on the plants that you are bringing indoors. This will allow you an opportunity to remove the pesky critters by hand or spray the plant down with one of the below remedies and allow to sit in another location of your home (such as an enclosed porch) until they die off.

Use Neem Oil In and Around Your Plants

Products that contain neem oil will usually qualify as organic pesticides. This natural oil is extracted from plants and can control pest problems in both indoor and outdoor gardens. Neem oil confuses insects. They may forget to eat, how to fly, or even to mate.

Neem oil can interfere with the biological life cycle of many insects and makes it impossible for them to reach reproductive maturity. No insect eggs mean no more pest infestations taking place in your indoor garden room. Neem oil can also kill the larvae before they hatch. You can purchase essential neem oil and produce your own spray. Just mix it with a bit of water.

Use a Variety of Citrus Oil Blends 

Many avid gardeners find citrus oil to be a beneficial, organic solution when harmful pests are endangering indoor plants. You can use a natural citrus-based spray to repel numerous insects from your sunroom, patio, or indoor gardening area. The botanical compounds in citrus oil provide you with an effective way to keep those destructive plant pests from infesting your garden. 

Dust Lightly with Diatomaceous Earth

A light dusting of diatomaceous earth along the top of the soil surface will help you prevent indoor insect infestations. Diatomaceous earth contains seashells that are reduced to a fine powder. The powder feels silky to the human hand, but the minuscule grains have jagged edges that can rip into insect eggs, larvae, and soft-shelled insect bodies. This helps you naturally control pest problems in an indoor setting. 

Use the Old Fashion Soap and Water Method

Organic pesticide agents are preferred by many consumers today. You want to keep your home free from dangerous chemicals and potentially toxic bug sprays. Why not use a simple solution of soap and water to wash the stems and foliage of plants where mealy bugs and aphids have been identified. This is a trusted organic solution that gardeners use to eliminate numerous insects.  

When you need an organic pest control option, consider products with botanically sourced ingredients. Citrus, rosemary, neem oil, and soap and water are a few of the most effective ingredients used to manufacture organic pesticides. When things, however, get out of hand, it's time to consult with a professional pest control service provider. To find out more, speak with a business like IPM - Intelligent Pest Management.