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3 Natural Ways to Protect Your Garden From Insect-Pest Attacks

The use of pesticides on a regular basis can contribute to the development of resistance to pests. In fact, a rising number of pests, illnesses, and weeds are becoming resistant to the pesticides that were once successful against them.

Kritika Madhukar

Pests are one of the most aggravating problems that gardeners confront all year. Commercial pesticides make it simple to get rid of harmful insects from leaves, roots, and petals, but they often cause more harm than benefit to your plant and the environment. 

In some situations, improper usage of garden pesticides might result in pollution, so what can you do instead to combat bothersome insects climbing on your plants?

Here are a few of the most efficient natural ways to keep insects away from your garden plants.

Brush Away Small Bugs with Soapy Water

Soapy water can be sprayed directly on plants to prevent aphids and scales from destroying the produce. Scales resemble flat or domed shells that cling to plant stems or the undersides of leaves. These tiny bugs are most usually found in the leaf's main veins, which is where soapy water should be applied. 

To make a bubbly liquid, fill a small bowl halfway with water and add a few drops of dish soap. Brush away the bugs off the twigs and leaves using a soft brush dipped in water and applied directly to the plant. This soap solution can be sprayed on larger infestations. Simply decant it into an empty spray bottle and spray generously over the plant.


This is one of the most natural ways to keep sap-sucking insects like aphids at bay, and it works on any plant. Simply blast the afflicted area with your garden hose if you spot a cluster of these small creatures on your blooms or greenery.

The pressure of the water jet will blow the little creatures from your sensitive plant stems to the ground, where ground feeding, insect-eating birds such as robins and wrens will ingest them. Water is very effective on delicate roses that are prone to aphid attacks.

Controlling Spider Mites with Buttermilk Spray

The red spider mite, often known as the two-spotted mite is one of the most prevalent species. This little insect is recognized to infest garden plants, creating a silk webbing on the leaves.

Begin by combining half a cup of buttermilk with four cups of wheat flour to get rid of annoying spider mites. Pour this into a spray bottle after diluting it with five gallons of water.

For the best results, apply this to the tops and bottoms of the plant's foliage.

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