Repel Chewing Insects with Flour

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    Farming on a large scale often results in the use of sprayed pesticides, but what if you farm on a smaller scale? What if what you have is a small, backyard garden that does not require quite the same amount or scale pesticide application as a commercial garden might? How about it you have a garden that you wish to keep not only free of pesticides, but also free of chewing insects?

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    There are a plethora of products on the market to deter and even kill bugs and pests that damage both crops and decorative plants. The toxicity of those products can be high so you really have to weigh the pros and cons before using them. Reading labels and researching ingredients and chemicals used in commercial pesticides should tell you what you want to know, or in some cases things you might prefer not to know. If you have been using a product for a long time and learn more about what is in it and how those chemicals work and might affect you, it might not be the best feeling in the world to have gotten so up close and personal with such a product. To avoid these possibilities, it is always a good idea to investigate products before using them, especially those that can impact your health by coming to rest on developing foods you intend to eat or feed to your family.

    The good news is that there are alternatives to commercial pesticides. In a day and age where organic farming alternatives are becoming popular, it is only natural that we find new avenues of pest elimination that are safer overall. Some options for this include use of essential oils and herbs. Fighting bugs through the application of essential oils or strategically planting a garden that encompasses having the right herb next to a plant affected by the type of bugs repelled by that herb can take some time and effort. If you do not have essential oils or normally grow the necessary herbs, a shopping trip or even several trips could be in order to get what you need. In the long run, taking that time and making those trips will certainly be worth it, but what if you have a problem in need of solving right now?

    Check your kitchen cabinets in search of flour. Self-rising flour contains additional additives but still works for this purpose; whether or not to avoid it and go with regular flour is up to you. Put some flour in a shaker with decently sized holes (be it an actual shaker or something you create, such as a paper bag with holes in it) first thing in the morning when the dew is still wet and head outside to visit with your plants and crops. Give them a slight shake to disturb any of the chewing insects that may be on them. With these insects now disrupted from any snacking they may have been doing, dust the plant with flour. All that is needed is a light dusting, not enough to thoroughly coat plants. The goal is to inhibit feeding insects by forcing them to feed on flour instead of on your crops and plants.

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    Since plants require photosynthesis to thrive, leaving flour on them at all times is not realistic. To tackle chewing insects while still allowing your plant the sunlight it needs, only leave the flour application on for a day or two, then gently mist it away. The next time you notice a problem with the attempted return of insects that wish to snack on your plants, assault them with flour once more in the same manner, forcing them to give up yet again.

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