Pest Management

Which is better – prevention of pests, or dealing with them later?

  • Prevention!

Why? – Saves money, time, and plants do not have to be thrown away.

Why can’t we just use chemicals on pests?

  • Chemicals used to remove pests will taint the plants. 

What are three techniques to prevent pests from getting in to indoor farms?

  • Do not bring things from outdoors into the farming area.
  • Have a disinfectant mat just outside the door of the farm to clean shoes.
  • Do not bring things from the sub-garden into the Gym farm.

What are 4 kinds of common pest?

  • Thrips – are minute (most are 1 mm long or less), slender insects with fringed wings and unique asymmetrical mouthparts. Different thrips species feed mostly on plants by puncturing and sucking up the contents, although a few are predators.
  • Fungus gnat – are small, dark, short-lived gnats that feed on fungi, decaying plant material, or plant roots, helping in the decomposition of organic matter.
  • Aphids – also known as plant lice and in Britain and the Commonwealth as greenfliesblackflies, or whiteflies (not to be confused with “jumping plant lice” or true whiteflies), are small sap-sucking insects
  • Spider mites – generally live on the undersides of leaves of plants, where they may spin protective silk webs, and they can cause damage by puncturing the plant cells to feed

What are 3 ways to deal with pests?

  • Beneficial bugs – lady bugs will eat many of the bad pests.
  • Neem oil – is derived from the neem plant and destroys pests by not allowing them to lay eggs.
  • Organic pest spray – such as garlic water, works well to decrease pest activity.