THREE PEST MANAGEMENT STEPS
Living in Brisbane offers some challenges, including pest management issues.
Pest management in Brisbane can be a complicated business, but you can approach the issue in three steps.
First, you have to start by scouting regularly. Maybe on a weekly basis, you can walk around your property and search for possible pest damage. If you have plants, check their overall health. Look at leaves to check for possible problems.
In some cases, identifying pests can be simple. But in other cases, it is really not clear what pest is causing damage to your home or plants.
The internet can be a very helpful resource for all the things you need to know about pests. You can check social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook if there are people nearby who are also suffering pest-related problems.
Selecting the Best Controls
Once you have identified your problem, the next step you should take is to pick out the appropriate controls. If you have found an insect pest in your home or garden, it does not necessarily mean you need to do some action.
If the pest is not severe, natural enemies may be able to solve your problem. Some home remedies that are cheap can also be effective.
If the problem is quite severe, you can also look for commercial products such as insecticides and repellents. However, you have to remember that some pests may be able to develop resistance to such products in such a short span of time. To minimize that risk, you may want to rotate among products.
Pest management experts can help you with this problem, especially if its nature has already become beyond your reach.
Preventing Future Problems
Once the pest problem you currently have is now under control, you need to consider strategically about how you can avoid having a repeat occurrence.
There are many factors that may lead to pest outbreaks as well as crop damage. Thus, it is important to evaluate whether you should a review of your usual duties in the following areas.
First is crop rotation. To avoid the repeat of having the same pest management issues, make sure you do crop rotation. Planting the same family of crops using the same field or garden for a few years in a row would lead to the same pest problem.
Check your variety selection. Check the varieties you would select for their resistance to pests or some disease problems. When you are planting resistant varieties, insects would be less problematic for you.
Ensure weed control. Many pests out there can be quickly eliminated if you just simply destruct their cover or even their overwintering habitat in your plot’s weedy areas.
Do not forget water and nutrient management. As long as your plants are healthy, growing vigorously, they would become less open to pest attack and damage.
Cleaning up fields are very important. You have destroy crop residue quickly as soon as you finish your final harvest. By cleaning up fields, you may be able to destroy the pests as well as remove potential overwintering sites that they may use.
Attracting natural enemies since they can be powerful allies against your pest problem. You can attract bees by providing them with nectar and pollen so as to ensure their presence in your fields. You may also consider having flowering plants in your fields so you can entice natural enemies.
Whether you decide to handle pest management on your own or get a professional, keep these tips so you can regain control of your property again and enjoy a pest-free experience.