Effective Strategies and Solutions
Pests and insects can be a problem for many farmers. They can cause damage to crops, contaminate food supplies, and carry disease-causing microorganisms. Thankfully there are steps that you can take to reduce the occurrence of pests on your farm! STL Pest Control will discuss 11 ways that you can increase pest control at your farm with effective strategies and solutions.
The first thing that you can do to increase pest control is use companion planting . When you plant different crops in close proximity, they release chemicals that naturally repel pests. This method only works if the plants are planted together before their natural defense systems have developed- it does not work for transplants. Companion planting has been shown to reduce insect damage by up to 90%!
Another thing that you can do to increase pest control at your farm is rotate your crops each year so insects cannot build resistance to certain types of pesticides or fertilizers. To ensure crop rotation success, schedule all seeding and harvesting dates ahead of time so there will be no gaps in when a field should be used next season. If possible, alternate between two different types of cash grain (cereal and oilseed) to break the life cycle of pests.
A third way that you can increase pest control is by using traps . There are many different types of traps that you can use, depending on the type of pest you are trying to trap. For example, there are sticky traps for catching flies and mosquitoes, bait traps to lure in rodents, and pheromone traps to attract moths.
Fourth, make sure your farm has a good drainage system . Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other disease-carrying insects. Install gutters and downspouts so that water will flow away from the buildings and sheds on your property. Divert streams so they do not run parallel to your crops.