Nevertheless, neglecting the pests that creep into your greenhouse can easily make a greenhouse epidemic that will send you running for the house to avoid the unwanted pests and critters living in your treasured greenhouse garden. Here are several tips to help make greenhouse pest control easy this coming year.
Effortless Ways To Get Control Of Greenhouse Pests
1. If you wish to re-use your potting soil from year to year but don’t want to concern yourself with bacteria and insect infestations, you can bake your potting soil in the oven to get rid of unwanted bacteria and insects eggs and larvae. To sterilize, spread soil four inches deep in a baking dish and cover tightly with a double layer of foil. Bake in a 180 degree oven for a half hour. Leave in foil-covered pans to keep sterile until ready to use. Make sure to don't bake it any higher than 200 degrees, however. If you do, you can produce toxins that might kill your plants.
2. For aphid and mite infestations, use an insecticide soap. You can even dump your used dishwater (soap and all) onto your greenhouse plants to help repel pests.
3. Add beneficial insects and nematodes into your greenhouse to manage numerous types of greenhouse pests. Lady Bugs, Phytoseiulus persimili, Encarsia formos, and Aphidoletes aphidimyza can be used in the greenhouse to manage pests.
4. Keeping rodents out of your greenhouse can be especially trying, particularly during the winter time. Electronic pest repellents can be helpful, as can old-fashioned spring traps, but closing up entrances into the greenhouse, securing water sources, and removing any material that can be used as bedding can be very effective in discouraging rodents in the greenhouse too.
5. For those who have snake problems, you might be excited to know how to get rid of them! To help discourage these slithering fellows from camping out in the toasty greenhouse, try removing any materials, like rocks, low-level benches, and large planters from the greenhouse floor. Without sufficient cover to crawl beneath, snakes may visit your greenhouse, but they’re unlikely to hang around.
Handling pests in the greenhouse is simpler when you take the proactive, preventative approach to greenhouse pest control. Modify the atmosphere in your greenhouse, sterilize your potting soil, use insecticidal soaps, and introduce helpful insects into your greenhouse to help you control pests the easy way.