Find the Best Insecticide for Your Vegetable Garden | EX-ICUTE & RID-BUGS (Quart)
You’re not the only one who wants to eat the vegetables from your garden. Unfortunately, pests view your garden as an unlimited source of food. They can satisfy all their cravings meal after meal by gnawing and destroying your plants. Nobody wants to deal with pests in their garden but when the invasion comes to your backyard, you need a quick solution to prevent total destruction of your garden. Finding the best insecticide for your vegetable garden is key to saving your plants and vegetables. Don’t waste your time on weak attempts to shoo the bugs away. Defend your garden quickly with an insecticide that keeps your vegetables safe.
Understand the Signs
Detecting plant damage is the first step to spotting a pest problem in your garden. Keep a watchful eye on the leaves, the vegetables, and the soil. Each day counts when insects start to feast on your plants. The longer you wait to notice the signs of infestation, the more damage the insects cause. Spot the following signs quickly to protect your garden:
Bite Marks or Holes
Different pests leave different marks, but holes are a common sign of their presence. The size of the holes may vary depending on the pest. Consistent markings on the leaves mean someone is dining in your garden. Sawflies tend to chew the leaves making partial holes. Pests bite holes in tomatoes and all types of vegetables. Keep your eyes peeled for holes around the leaves and vegetables to quickly spot pests.
Although this can be a sign of poor plant health, pests may be the culprit. Sad-looking leaves could signify the presence of aphids, which suck the moisture out of your plant and cause the leaves to wilt and fall prematurely.
If you see any type of discoloration in leaves, you should further inspect for pests. Some pests may cause yellow spots or brown spots while the leaf is still intact. There is no singular form of discoloration as it may vary from the type of pest and the targeted leaf. Black spots may be a sign of fungal damage that you need to control.
Small clusters on the stems, tops of leaves, or the undersides of leaves may be a sign of eggs. Pests happy with your never-ending food supply quickly try to grow their family. You may be able to identify the type of pests from the egg cluster, shape, and color.
Shiny lines of slime around your garden could be caused by snails or slugs. In addition to bite marks, silver lines made from snails or slugs are evidence of their presence in your garden.
A pile of sawdust at the base of your plant could be from carpenter ants. As they work their way through your plant or tree, they leave small shavings as their evidence.
Type of Pests
Insects and mites are common pests for vegetable gardens. Unfortunately, the list of possible garden pests is long:
- Army worms
- Fruit flies
- Leaf hoppers
- Leaf miners
- Mealy bugs
- Scales (Red & Brown)
- Pepper weevils
- Potato beetles
- Stable and Deer flies
- Cinch bugs
- Palmetto Bugs
- Spider mites
- Citrus rust mites
- Two-spotted mites
- Armored scales
- Soft scales
- Leaf rollers
- Fungus gnats
Insects are not the only pests to arrive in your garden. You may encounter fungal diseases like powdery mildew, black spot on roses, or greasy spot on citrus. Understanding the symptoms of all pests including fungal diseases will help you treat the problem more accurately.
Choosing the Best Insecticide for Vegetable Gardens
What is the difference between Insecticide vs Pesticide?
Pesticide is a term that refers to substances used to control and kill all types of garden or crop pests, including insects, weeds, fungi, and even rodents. Insecticide is a type of pesticide. Insecticide refers to a substance to kill insects like aphids, spider mites, and leaf miners. In short, an insecticide is a type of pesticide but not all pesticides are insecticides. Herbicide often gets confused with insecticide, but herbicides only refer to the killing of weeds or unwanted plants.
Organic vs. Synthetic
Synthetic or chemical insecticide is manufactured by a process that chemically changes the substance. Synthetic insecticide can often be cheaper, but what it saves in dollar amount, it costs in other ways. For example, synthetic insecticide tends to exist longer in the soil and cause negative environmental impacts. Food grown with synthetic insecticide has a risk of contamination.
Organic insecticide or natural insecticide refers to naturally occurring substances. Organic insecticide is favored by many for its natural ingredients that are less harsh on your garden and the surrounding environment. Common ingredients of organic insecticides are neem oil, diatomaceous earth, pyrethrin, and essential oils.
At a Glance:
- Leaves residual activity in the environment long after application
- Can harm beneficial insects
- Breaks down easily, leaving no residual activity in the environment
- Tends to target specific pests and leave beneficial insects intact
- Safe for organic vegetables
Organic Ag’s Best Picks
EX-ICUTE is a natural and safe organic oil spray insecticide that rids plants of insects and diseases. It’s made from hard-working essential oils that ensure your soil and plants remain healthy while fighting pests. It protects against future infestation and is compatible with organic gardening.
RID-BUGS is an organic insecticide that is equally excellent for organic gardening. It’s a completely natural organic oil spray made from essential oils that have a proven track record of effectiveness. It rids plants of insects and fungal diseases while preventing future infestation.
Our Quick Tips on Preventing Pests in Your Vegetable Garden
- Attract beneficial insects and spiders that help protect your garden.
- Maintain optimal soil and plant health for quick recovery from pests.
- Catch pests at the early stages by spotting common signs.
- Identify your pests and take quick action against them.
- When using insecticide, always follow the label for directions.