By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Everyone who has gardened has had a problem with insects sometime or another.
The first approach that many gardeners try first is an insecticide but since I am an organic gardener I avoid this technique.
Frankly, even though I work very hard in my garden, there is nothing in my garden space that is so valuable that it cannot be replaced if it is eaten by my fellow creatures.
One of my favorite techniques to use when it comes to pest control is to create my own insect traps. I have different kinds of traps for different types of insects but in this case I am going to make one for the flying insects. This includes aphids, and white flies.
The easiest technique I have found is one that requires the fewest supplies and is the simplest to make. Below are the directions for this outdoor insect trap but it can also be used indoors if the correct color of backing is used.
To get an insect trap to work, the first thing you need is to attract them and then you need a way of trapping them. Attracting them can be done with color. Bright colors attract both good and bad insects. Colors like yellow, orange, red, and pink are great choices. Paper plates, construction paper, colored poster board and even old Christmas ornaments are a great foundation for the next component.
The next part of an insect trap is one that holds the insect so that it can no longer damage the crop and die. There are several commercial versions that one can buy but a garden staple for me is good old-fashioned petroleum jelly.
To use this technique, one must first choose a foundation; design a way of hanging it and then applying the homemade adhesive. Paper can be hole-pouched and strung up. If you are using a Christmas ornament, then use the hanger to suspend your trap in the garden.
Once you have this, just smear the petroleum jelly on the foundation using a wooden stick or spatula and then hang. If it rains or the trap is full, replenish the foundation with petroleum jelly or create a new one.
So until we blog again, insects are a part of the gardening life. How you deal with these insects will determine what type of earth you leave for the future.