Although there are a lot of chemical products that may help you get rid of different types of bugs and pests, these products are not 100% harmless for humans. So, instead of risking both your harvest and your health, you'd better look for some less dangerous yet still effective ways to protect your weed crop from pests. Fortunately, we at WeedGrowHub may help you with that. Here are four of the most effective and safe ways to fight marijuana pests.
When looking for a nice medium, you cannot just go outside and take some soil from your backyard because it is almost a 100 percent guarantee of ruining your entire crop. Raw soil contains dozens of eggs and larvae of different pests, as well as various molds, weeds, and other plants' seeds. And if you use that soil, in a few weeks you will most likely see some white insects or tiny yellow bugs on your cannabis plants. So, the best solution would be to use special fertilized and sterilized soil.
Sterile soil does not contain any pathogens or seeds. All of the eggs, larvae, and seeds die during the process of sterilization. Usually, they just heat the soil to a certain temperature or add special chemical products that kill all the unwanted bugs and insects.
Furthermore, you can easily sterilize regular soil from your outdoor garden by heating it up a little bit. All you need to do is to cook the soil in the oven until it reaches the temperature between 160 and 180ºF (around 70-80ºC). Just make sure you did not exceed temperature of 190ºF (85-87ºC), otherwise, the soil will become useless. Plus, in order to improve the quality of your sterilized soil, you will need to add some fertilizer to it.
Even if you have found some leaf bugs or soil pests around your cannabis plants, do not rush to use harsh chemical products. There are a lot of organic repellents that may help you win the battle against harmful cannabis pests.
You can use various products: cinnamon oil, coriander oil, garlic, and even chili pepper. Just make an infused spray, mixing one of these natural repellents with a bit of water and soap, and use it both on and around the cannabis plant.
Note that different marijuana strains might have unpredictable reactions to homemade repellents, so you'd better test your organic repellents on a few leaves before spraying it around the whole plant.
One of the most effective and beneficial ways to protect your cannabis garden from unwanted leaf-eating insects is by using some repellent plants with the strong pungent aroma. Garlic, mint, and basil are only a few of the most popular companion plants that marijuana growers use to protect their harvest.
For example, basil helps keep at bay such dangerous pests as thrips, aphids, and these tiny brown bugs called beetles. Garlic protects marijuana plants from different pests and molds. Plus, it works as a natural fungicide that prevents your cannabis plants from catching serious diseases. And if the main source of your problems is hidden in the bigger pests like rabbits or even deer, try to plant some chili peppers in your garden. Animals hate the smell of pepper, so they will stay away from your plantation. Plus, chilly peppers have a large, strong root system that will help protect cannabis roots from rotting.
If you grow weed outdoors, you may need the help of some pest predators. Ladybugs, for instance, will help you get rip of aphids―these tiny green bugs that are capable of ruining an entire mature plant in a matter of few days. Along with the aphids, ladybugs prey on other harmful pests and larvae.
Birds may also be quite helpful in protecting your outdoor cannabis plantation from different pests. Try putting out some bird houses and feeders around your garden to encourage the birds to nest there. And remember that various marijuana bugs are not the only delicious treat the birds may find in your garden. Many birds adore marijuana seeds as well, so you'd better germinate your cannabis seeds in a place where your flying helpers won't find them.