The fact is that you won’t have too many problems with pests if you’re careful and pay due attention when entering your indoor hydroponic garden – an indoor hydroponic garden is, after all, protected from nature, and the chances of bad insects or bugs entering is minimised. However, now and again, bugs do enter despite our strict preventive measures, and it often causes panic. Should it? Not necessarily. There is such thing as a ‘good’ bug. In fact, there’s such thing as a great pest. Here a small guide on good pests that can actually help your hydroponics setup.
The good and the bad
There are many ‘bad’ bugs out there – just ask any traditional farmer used to growing their crops outdoors, and they’ll testify to the fact that they have to use any number of pesticides to get rid of the pests. These are the little bugs that eat the plants, hinder their growth, and eventually kill them.
There are, however, some ‘good‘ bugs – bugs that actually prevent the pests and bad bugs from eating your plants. These ‘good’ bugs feed on the ‘bad’ bugs and keep the unwanted pests under control. It’s not always a solution, but it’s always a preferred alternative before trying pesticides.
Prevention on the bad
Bugs are usually not so much a problem when you are growing indoors, in a controlled environment. However, they do appear at times. Mostly, they are stuck on clothes and are transferred when you enter your hydroponic garden after a walk in the park or after walking the dog. Sometimes they enter an opened window. It’s always wise to treat the indoor hydroponic garden as a lab and not enter unless you’re not carrying any contaminants from the outside. Mind your clothing, your shoes, and your utensils.
Let the good ones stay
We’re talking about aphid predators, ladybugs, white fly parasites, and green lacewing. These bugs will not harm your plants – they will, instead, feed on pests that might kill your plants. They’re nature’s remedy to protect your crops. If your see any of the four bugs mentioned here, nurture them, because they will nurture your greens.
Nature does work in mysterious ways, and there is truly a balance of things – it’s up to you to make sure that the good ones work in your favour and the bad ones don’t have a chance to stake their evil claim.
Here is a last helpful hint: if you find bugs in your indoor hydroponics system or garden, don’t panic. Find ways to prevent this in the future and do some research on the pest; chances are they can be remedied by introducing a species that is actually helpful to your indoor garden. Remember, nature requires balance.
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