Organic Pesticides: Types, Benefits and Concerns

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Pesticides are an integral part of having a good yield. However, they can come across as dangerous to human health especially when the crops are consumed. In that case, organic pesticides are a better alternative that isn’t as harmful while also protecting your plants from pests.

These pesticides are safer because of their natural ingredients.

While not entirely chemical-free, as they come from mineral and botanical sources, these chemicals in organic materials are rather safer for consumption and break down faster.

In this article, find out about the sources of organic pesticides and how they are beneficial to the plants in your garden or the crops on your farm. Keep reading!

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Organic Pesticides: What Are They?

While discussing organic materials, it is important to note that it does not indicate the product is chemical-free.

The difference between traditional chemical pesticides and organic ones is that the chemicals exist naturally.

Traditional ones have synthetic chemicals that are harmful to consume.

When people apply organic pesticides they are aiming at producing organic food for consumption.

Hence, the process begins by applying other natural materials too such as organic fertilizer, homemade compost and rotten manure.

Besides all these, adding pesticides makes the plant grow healthy and become safe for consumption.

The natural chemicals are not toxic and break down much faster than synthetic ones.

The toxins in synthetic chemicals can stay in the soil for years affecting the air, water, soil and food we consume.

This can lead to health problems such as respiratory illnesses and cardiovascular diseases.

Whereas natural pesticides, usually return to the soil with lesser danger and impact.

In order to identify an organic pesticide, you need to look out for certification that they meet the criteria set by USDA.

Also, check for prohibited chemicals such are arsenic, nicotine sulfate and strychnine which should not be in the ingredients list.

Lastly, it is important to remember that the labels, “natural”, “free-range” and “hormone-free” do not suggest organic.

Organic products will be labeled such hence, you should only buy those.

These are of different types. Let’s find out about them in detail below!

natural pesticides types

Types

Microbial 

As the name suggests, these pesticides originate from microbes.

These agents are present in the form of bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoans and viruses.

They are not harmful to the plants rather benefit them by introducing a disease that eliminates a certain insect population.

Furthermore, microbes limit the reproduction of pests and also produce toxins that directly affect them.

Mineral 

Sulfur and lime-sulfur are popular mineral pesticides that help to control pests especially insects.

Biochemical 

These pesticides can hinder the reproduction of pests by interrupting their mating behavior.

It’s quite interesting how they can do it using pheromones which can either be natural or man-made.

Hence, by controlling the pheromones they can influence the mating and thus reproduction of pests.

Botanical 

As the name suggests, they originate from other plants.

Therefore, Neem, Sabadilla, Rotenone and Nicotine all come from plants and can control pests.

A popular botanical pesticide Pyrethrins originates from the chrysanthemum plant.

It works on getting rid of larvae, grubs as well as flying insects.

Other than that, there are homemade pesticides too that you can use to prevent pests from harming your kitchen garden.

More on that later!

benefits of organic pesticides

Organic Pesticides Benefits

Organic food and other materials are not only safer but also better for the environment.

Pesticides that are organic can reduce pollution in the air, water and soil.

Since the chemicals break down easily, there are no harmful toxins staying in the soil for long.

If the chemical persists in the soil, then they enter the plants and become part of your food causing health problems.

Moreover, the use of synthetic chemicals directly affects the health of the farmers.

Gardening and farming expose the gardener and farmer to tonnes of chemicals.

Inhaling them can harm you, hence, completely foregoing them will limit the risk of exposure.

Furthermore, they have:

  • low residue levels
  • slow action mode
  • specific target range
  • shorter persistence

Growing organic food especially requires the use of organic fertilizers and pesticides.

Therefore, once you use them it accounts for a more holistic and hands-on gardening experience.

You can develop a connection with the soil and the land by choosing the organic products you want your plants to receive.

Therefore, you develop an understanding of the soil, the insects present in your land and how they influence the growth of your plants.

You can also keep a check on how your plants function given the organic nutrients and pesticides.

Organic substances are much better to gain a thorough experience of your soil and your plants.

This allows you to have a healthier, safer and greater yield.

That said, going completely organic and natural comes with its challenges and cons because planting synthetic can be seen as easier.

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Challenges and Concerns

If you are a farmer then the cost and availability of organic products may be something to worry about.

However, home gardeners and allotment holders do not usually face an issue while accessing and buying organic material.

In the long run, organic products including fertilizers and pesticides save you costs rather than increase them.

A holistic approach in gardening and farming allows for a healthier yield and produces good quantity.

Therefore, in the end, you will not be wasting any damaged produce, have good quality and quantity of strong and healthy yield.

The end result will be much better. However, another concern that arises is the time required to reach there.

Organic material usually takes time to show results.

Not only that, but you also need to give time and spend energy understanding the workings of your soil and other material.

You can only make full use of this material by knowing how to implement it and keeping a check on the growth of plants all year round.

It requires attention and involvement.

Thus, take your time to read and understand what plants and crops in your garden need.

Otherwise, you may mess up when the seasons change and the gardening time begins.

The mode of action of the synthetic material is also faster than that of organic.

However, that will not give you as good results.

Therefore, be patient will your plants and pay them attention to understand what they need.

Al Ardh Alkhadra produces organic pesticides, fertilizers, fungicides, herbicides and insecticides that can protect your plants and ensure their safe growth.

These are not only affordable but also readily available and effective at protecting your plants from pests.

Find out more here:

These free of chemical pesticides protect your plants from diseases, microbes and pests.

making natural products

Homemade Organic Pesticides

Well before there were synthetic chemicals, farms and gardens still produced a good yield by controlling pests.

This was done by using fellow plants, using homemade sprays and dust.

Other than that good farming methods such as field burning and crop rotation ensured the safety of the produce.

Thus, you can also make use of the ingredients present in your kitchen to prevent the spread of pests.

These include:

Onion and Garlic Spray 

Garlic has properties that help to keep beetles and larvae away.

Hence, spraying a mixture of a clove of garlic and a medium-sized onion plus water can deter these pests from harming the plants.

Also, add a teaspoon of cayenne powder later.

You may also want to add a bit of liquid soap and use it all together as a spray in order to prevent bugs from infesting your plants.

Chrysanthemum Flower Tea

Pyrethrum found in chrysanthemum stops the harm of pests and insects by damaging their nervous system.

In order to utilize it, boil the dried flowers.

Let them boil for 20 minutes in water and then strain it to put in a spray bottle.

An addition of neem oil can make it even more effective.

You can store it for 2 months and regularly spray it onto your plants.

This brings us to…

Neem 

Neem has several uses from ancient times, especially in medicine.

Besides that, it keeps the pests away from your plants due to its bitter taste and unpleasant odor.

This deters the insects and pests from going near your plants while it does not affect have an effect on birds and animals because it is not toxic.

Neem oil can protect your plants from pests for up to 22 days.

Spray with water and liquid soap for extra protection.

repelling pests through spray

Other Methods for Preventing Pests

  • Encourage beneficial insects such as wasps and ladybugs that eliminate pests on their own
  • Control flying insects by setting up a sticky trap using flypaper
  • Mixing vegetable oil with dish soap can deter small sucking insects
  • Feverfew, tansy and pennyroyal can repel insects while adding color and scent to your garden
  • Eucalyptus oil and salt spray are also a homemade natural pesticide

The salt spray works two ways by keeping the pests from infesting the plants and also increasing nutrient absorption.

It enables the plant to take vital nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur.

Mix salt and water to spray it on plants.

Sprinkling salt around the plant’s base with weekly reapplication works too.

Eucalyptus oil is another kitchen remedy.

Its strong scent is mainly responsible for keeping the pests away.

Spray it on your plants regularly.

These home remedies can help deter pests, however, organic products can provide long-term benefits.

Thus, Al Ardh Alkhadra Soil Factory has a variety of organic pesticides that you can apply directly to your plants.

These are affordable, extremely accessible through our website and also give you desired results.

Navigate through our Shop page to come across the pesticides suiting your plants’ needs.

 

 

 

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