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Organic Cannabis: 10 methods to exclude pests without pesticides

Organic pest control: Insects and pests in the cannabis breeding area can be real trouble and eliminate the entire crop, but chemical pesticides can be even more dangerous. Here are 10 natural solutions for organic pesticide, that will help keep your plants and also the environment.

Cannabis cultivation is a hobby that has become Very popular In recent years in Israel, but many of the new breeders who enter it for the first time are not generally aware of the high importance of proper pest control.

Even in the domestic and supposedly protected space In foreign growth In the open air, a wide variety of pests can attack your plants and cause holes in the leaves, health and development problems and even total destruction of all effort and investment. Therefore, correct and "clean" pest control is a subject that should be studied in depth.

Organic growth - no pesticides

When it comes to pest control, many people think of standard chemical pesticide bottles, which are used both in the food-handling industry and in most homes where a cockroach is considered an unwanted guest. It is important to remember that these are materials that have Highest toxicity level Which are dangerous for humans as well, so it is customary to wash fruits and vegetables in water and even soap before eating.

As described in the latest episode of pesticide residues Found in medical cannabis in IsraelCannabis, unlike food, is a crop that is normally consumed through the lungs and the sensitive respiratory system, and does not undergo the body's natural toxic filtering process. In combination with high temperatures produced during smoking or evaporation of the plant, dangerous pesticides that remain on the plant may harm and even endanger the health of consumers.

In order to avoid the use of hazardous pesticides, 10 is a simple organic solution that will help you maintain the tumor space from pests:

1. Tobacco - based pest control

Nicotine, the active ingredient in the tobacco plant is a very effective pesticide for plants that are not edible plants, and it is used cannabis growers in many countries in the world as a basic and inexpensive solution for the eradication of all types of pests.

Tobacco - Basic and inexpensive material for preventive control
Tobacco - a basic and relatively inexpensive material for preventive prevention

To prepare a tobacco spray for impregnation, 2 spoons of rolling tobacco should be infused or Tobacco from 4 cigarettes in a bottle of 2 a liter of water. After 24, the hours of soaking can be poured from the water into a spray bottle, dilute with clean water (60% tobacco water and 40% tap water) and spray on leaves and plant stems only.

2. Antibacterial plants

One of the greenest and most natural solutions to protect your cannabis is the planting of plants known as natural pest repellants, mainly different herbs that emit strong odors that insects prefer to avoid.

Among the natural insecticides you can plant are mint, chives, sage, rosemary, mint and basil. Also there are plants that are not herbs but definitely help in protecting against pests, such as flower 'The monk hat'Also known as the' bear squirrel ', which distributes a strong odor that prevents insects from getting closer.

Monk Hat Flower - Natural Insect Repellent Photo: Israplant
Monk Hat Flower - Natural Insect Repellent Photo: Israplant

Apart from planting these plants near the cannabis plants, you can also make them a natural insecticide spray, by cooking them slowly in a water pot for 24 hours. At the end of cooking and after the water has cooled, pour it into a spray bottle and use it directly on the insects.

3. Garlic - the antibiotic of nature

Garlic is a plant with a particularly strong flavor and smell, often referred to as the "antibiotic of nature" because of its strong properties in reducing bacterial and fungal populations, and its ability to help people recover from various infectious diseases.

Heads of garlic
Antibiotics of nature - garlic smell repels insects and protects the crop

Among other things, the whole garlic plant or teeth can be used not only as insecticides but also as natural insect repellents, and dispersing them in the growing area will prevent the approaching of aphids, ants, flying insects and more. In order to save the effort, it is possible to purchase in stores a natural insecticide spray based on garlic.

4. Orange Guard - Pesticides with orange fragrance

Orange Guard (Orange Guard) is an organic spray material of natural origin effective against cockroaches, ants, fleas and spider mites. All the ingredients are listed on the FDA's list as GRAS- Generally Recognized As Safe as food additives and not as dangerous for swallowing, making Orange Guard a popular product for home growers.

The active ingredient in the spray is The trep d-Limonene, found naturally in the skin of lemon and orange. It is a repellant that destroys the wax that coats their respiratory system, causing them to choke and die.

Neem oil based products - Neem oil - extract of eel seeds, effective against various types of pests
Orange Guard - Organic Certified with OMRI

The main use of this spray is Direct spray On insects and dosage recommended by the manufacturer. In addition, lemons are somewhat effective in removing pests. Orange Guard can also be used for spraying in the vicinity of the tumor such as the corners of the room, grooves and shutters.

5. NIM - based oil products - Indian

Neem oil, produced from the fruit seeds of a tree The Indian Ear, Is considered one of the most preferred natural pesticides of the Cannabis Towers, and was sold in Israel under the brand name "Nimgard'.

Neem oil - effective organic pest control against all types of insects
Neem oil - extract of eel seeds, effective against various types of pests

Spraying with the oil of the nipples causes the disintegration of the insects (a developmental process essential for survival, similar to the snake's skin) and eventually leads to death, in a way that does not allow them to develop resistance to the substance. It is effective against mildew, and especially against the mites of the webs (red and yellow), but it must be taken into account that its effect is rapidly dissipated while exposed to the sun's rays, so it is a better solution for home growing.

Various products can be found on the market based on NICE oil in the form of concentrate or spray spray. It should be noted that while these are products based on natural active ingredient, but they are still substances with a degree of toxicity is not low and therefore should be treated as pesticides and keep away from children and domestic animals.

The main drawback of NIM oil extract, besides being Toxic in large quantities, Is the damage it causes to certain bacteria in the soil - a phenomenon that reduces the amount of nitrogen in the soil, which should be returned to plants essential nutrients through a mixture of fertilizers correct.

6. Pheromone traps

One of the most basic processes in the lives of insects, like most animals in nature, is the constant search for successful mating that will ensure culture. In the market there are special traps for green pesticides that take advantage of this need as an advantage, by secretion Pheromones (Sex hormones) used to pull the insects into an adhesive layer or a similar capture solution.

Trap pheromones with adhesive layer - effective against flying and cockroaches
Trap pheromones with adhesive layer - effective against flying and cockroaches

This method is particularly effective against Indian moth, moth, and tobacco beet, and also removes cockroaches and other beetles, but it is important to note that it does not destroy the whole insect population, but only reduces it by eliminating natural reproduction.

7. Cinnamon powder

One of the more controversial solutions among organic herbivores, which is not usually mentioned in professional guides but has come to public awareness as a "grandmother remedy" for harmful problems, is the spread of Cinnamon powder Around the plants and the entire habitat.

Cinnamon powder - a "grandmother's remedy" that will keep you in the garden
Cinnamon powder - a "grandmother's remedy" that will keep you in the garden

Besides the strong smell of cinnamon powder, which repels insects like the smell of herbs mentioned above, many breeders say it also helps to control insects such as ants and anemones, suffocated by thin, dead grains.

White vinegar spray

White Vinegar, easily available in any supermarket, is one of the most powerful natural insecticides and is considered the most effective method for ant.

Vinegar spray - effective for preventive control throughout the tumor
Vinegar spray - for preventive control of the entire tumor cavity

Pour the vinegar into the bottle with the spray head, and sprinkle directly on the insects, the sides of the potted plants, and even on the empty floor areas and other areas that require spraying at home. Be careful not to spray any part of the plants themselves, since strong vinegar can harm their health and development.

Kitchen Shield - Oil & Soap Extract

A familiar US pesticide pesticide in the kitchen space, which can be easily used to control the domestic habitat, is a simple insect repellent called the Kitchen's Guard, which can be prepared by mixing a tablespoon of dish soap in a cup of cooking oil.

Dish soap and cooking oil - kitchen shields and growing room
Dish soap and cooking oil - kitchen shields and growing room

The solution that you prepared should be diluted according to 4 tablespoons per half liter of water, And spray around the plants, the sides of the potted plants and the floor.

10. Chalk and talc

Chalk and talc powder are two heavy powders that report insects fairly effectively, but the units on the list are not known to be capable of causing insect death at all.

Chalk - preventive insecticide against ants and flying insects
Chalk - preventive insecticide against ants and flying insects

This method is especially effective against ants and flying insects, who will not dare to approach the lines of pollination that will spread around the plants and around the entire tumor cavity. However, there are many bugs that do not bother them, and you will need to use other methods against them.

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