When planning for our non-toxic pest control, we tend to think insects and diseases are making our plants unhealthy, but actually, they are there because our plants are unhealthy. This is one of the biggest shifts we need to make in our thinking when moving to organic gardening practices.
Animals choose to eat healthy plants, but most pest and diseases prefer to eat the opposite, the sickly crops. They prefer to eat plants that have either deficiency or excess, a nutritional imbalance, of one or several other nutrients. They do not have the necessary enzymes to digest "healthy" plants.
As a matter of fact, insects and diseases don't even consider healthy plants as their food source at all! Sounds strange, right?
I'm going to go into the reason behind it, because this is one of the most significant concepts to learn concerning non-toxic pest control, and organic gardening in general.
How Insects And Diseases Find Our Plants
Animals (like us) see in the visual light spectrum. Insects and diseases do a lot of their "seeing" in the infrared light spectrum. Insects do this by using their antennae and tuning into electromagnetic frequencies.
In your organic garden, your unhealthy plants - those with nutritional imbalances - will release a frequency in the infrared light spectrum, which the pests "see" with their antenna and identify as food.
Healthy plants simply do not emit these frequencies. So insects and diseases do not see healthy plants as a food source.
Non-Toxic Pest Control - What's Wrong With It?
Aside from the fact that this stops the majority of organic gardeners from switching their paradigm to understand that plant-eating organisms only attack unhealthy plants, most non-toxic pest control products also present a couple of other problems.
A large number of them damage the plants at some point, and while the majority of healthy plants can take it, if we're spraying plants that are already deteriorating, the damage it will cause can be worse.
Another complication is if we continue killing the offending organism by means of non-toxic pest control products, the predators of these offending pests might get killed or at least will never continue with their job. Ladybugs might not lay their eggs anymore, which therefore won't hatch and develop to eat the aphids. Numerous numbers of the beneficial microorganisms that would eat-up our black spot or mildew will be annihilated if we apply baking soda or something like that.
Killing those pests is not going to change anything. Pesticides do not provide the plants the nutrients they need.
What is the organic gardening objective for organic pest control? Make your soil and plants so healthy so that the pests (insects and diseases) will cease to cause any problems.