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Pest control techniques to know

The animal kingdom which effect the human activities adversely are known as pests. And the options or techniques used to control the wide spread of these classified kingdom is known as pest control.

This write up will give you some insights on how you can control pests and the various techniques used to control them.

Floating row covers

The white translucent white fiber which is made up of polyester acts like a barrier to the insects. The cover does allow 80% of sunlight through it so that you have a healthy growth of the plant.

The cover is available in 2 types, the heavyweight and the lightweight. The lighter ones are used in summers as they don’t hold much of warmth and heavier ones are used in winter for vice versa reasons.

The cover can be simply spread over the crop directly without any supports attached to it or you can have them spread on the wooden supports which are placed near the plant.

Pheromone traps

Not the most efficient traps to be used for pest controlling as it only eliminates the male counterparts of the insects. Generally, in insects the male gets attracted to the females by a unique scent.

The scientists have developed the replica of these scents to lure the male insects into the trap and hence successfully pest controlling.

These traps in usually done to confirm if there are any pests lurking around you. If you find the pest trapped then it’s your signal to have your advanced pest control done.

Sticky traps

The sticky trap consists of a solid and rigid material of a particular color which is coated with a sticky substance.

Insects get attracted to the particular color and when they land on the material they get stuck due to the sticky coating on it.

The sticky traps can be more efficiently used if they are hung at the plants height nearby it, about 3-4 feet away.

Insecticidal soap

The soap contains a long threads of fatty acids which controls the insects by dissolving the skin of them. The soap is effective only when it is in liquid form and not when it’s dried.

The soap is confused with the herbicidal soap which in turn kills the vegetation and not the insects. So beware!

To have maximum effectiveness achieved, the insect needs to come in contact with the soap. Spraying the soap on the insects will help in making the contact in the liquid form of the soap directly on the insect’s body hence achieving maximum effectiveness.

Oil sprays

The oil sprays help in controlling the pests by suffocating them on the condition that the spray is directly done on the insect.

The oil which is used to spray on them is the dormant oil, which is heavy in nature hence not evaporating quickly and helping in achieving maximum effectiveness.

The dormant oil can be spread on the branches of the trees or on the plants directly. Lighter and refined oils are highly recommended to spread on the growing plants.

Conclusion

Some of the major techniques and strategies were discussed above to control pest spreading. Having the pest control done is very important because it helps in good overall development of the plant and helps in keeping the plant healthy.

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