Indoor Garden Pest Control
Bugs and diseases can invade our garden for multiple reasons but the only real method to make sure your plants and garden space stay safe and free of pests is prevention.
Top 5 causes of pest infestation and how to prevent them
1. Pests are brought in by the gardener
If you aren’t growing from seed and don’t keep a mother that’s pest free, it’ll take some due diligence to quarantine and clean any plant products brought in from outside places. Try keeping a grow room wardrobe of clothes and shoes. By using different clothing when you’re working on your garden you can ensure you don’t bring in any pests on your clothing.
Plants release hormones and chemicals into the environment all the time. It’s how they talk. Simple stresses like heat, lack of water, nutrient burn and cold temperatures can all really stress out your plants, forcing them to release defence hormones in their cell walls and chemicals into the air. Parasites, like bugs and fungus, are attracted to these distress signals.
Not all stress is bad stress, however. Topping plants, plant massages, shock pruning, lots of air flow and shock ripening are all examples of good stress. These can activate a plant’s immune system, leaving them denser, thicker and more vigorous. If plants are grown under optimal conditions and are in peak fitness, bugs or moulds will not be able to attack them.
Keeping your garden clean is one of the easiest (and most important) parts of growing indoors with hydroponics. Everything needs to stay as clean as possible including your workspace, tools, plants, grow box and reservoir. Bugs love the color yellow, so even if you have a clean room, keep sticky strips around. Not only will they attract bugs, but they’ll serve as a reference for how many bugs are in a room.
4. Different bugs for different things
Many growers like to use predatory bugs to fight and prevent outbreaks. There’s a long list of freedom fighters that fight specific kinds of bugs or parasites. A quick google search will allow you to find which insects to buy and unleash in your space for whatever specific pest you want to attack or prevent. They come in mail order, fast and cheap, and can be very effective in pest control.
5. Foliar feeding
Bugs thrive in indoor gardens because they don’t have any natural enemies like other predators, wind, rain and cold. This means they can thrive and get out of control fast. Simple foliar feeding, especially under the leaves fully can irritate and slow down any kind of outbreak. The use of wetting agents in your spray is key, as bugs and pests hate soap or additives that makes water wetter.
Always remember, preventing things is far superior then controlling them. Save losses, time, energy and money and take the easy way out by preventing any problem before it can even happen. You and your plants will be way happier by doing so.