It may be winter time, but don’t forget about your garden even if it’s covered in snow. Now is the time to think about insecticides and garden pest prevention, to make sure your garden is the envy of the block come springtime. Let your garden really blossom this year by taking care of those unwelcomed pests with insecticides. Sure, you’ve heard some things about insecticides, but how do they really keep a garden safe and prevent pests?
What is an insecticide?
Insecticides, or simply insect control with the use of chemicals, began over 2,000 years ago, but not until the 1940s were synthetic insecticides born. Insecticides work similarly to a nerve gas agent, like those used in war, but is applied as a much lower dosage so that it only affects the insects and not humans or other animals. Insecticides need to be used carefully or under expert supervision because too much insecticide could pose a health hazard for more than just insects. Many agriculturalists have switched over to using natural products and harvesting organically, but there for many gardens and plants, insects tend to take over without the use of insecticides. There are many options when it comes to choosing an insecticide right for you and your garden, but garden pest prevention is crucial no matter what preventative measure you decide to take.
Contact vs. systemic insecticide
A contact insecticide is one type of garden pest prevention that kills insects once they come in direct contact with the chemical. While a contact insecticide takes short-term preventative measures and kills the insects quickly, a systemic insecticide is more long-term. A systemic insecticide will become a part of the plant’s cell structure and kill insects after they consume the plant and the insecticide’s chemicals.
Inorganic vs. organic insecticides
Inorganic compounds were the first type of insecticides, but were also manufactured with some dangerous heavy medals like arsenic. Organic insecticides became popular in the 1950s and are based on carbon molecules. They have only boomed in popularity and remain the most popular type of insecticides used today. There are also natural insecticides which are based on chemicals that naturally occur in nature like pyrethrum and nicotine.
The key to choosing an insecticide right for you and your garden is consulting with an expert who knows what they’re talking about when it comes to garden pest prevention.
Learn more with Evergreen Gene’s
Evergreen Gene’s has been keeping Glen Burnie residents green for over 50 years. We make sure our employees are educated so they will feel comfortable answering any and all of your gardening and landscaping questions. You can view our portfolio here to see some of our best residential work. Stop in during our business hours of Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Give us a call at 410-766-6877 to confirm our stock of flowers or to ask questions. You can also fill out our online form here for more information.