Organic Pest Control

Field being prepared for organic farming

Field being prepared for organic farming

The following are some shorthand notes that I made as part of a powerpoint presentation I did to a group in Harlingen earlier this year. I think you can get from the points themselves the gist of the various means that one can use to naturally deal with insect pests. Under the banner of “integrated pest control” are measures that someone can take to deal with both insect and weed control issues in a natural way.

While it might be more time consuming, the end product is a better, richer and preserved environment and better quality fruit and vegetables.

Integrated Pest Control

  • Crop rotation
  • Nutrient management
  • Sanitation to remove pest habitat
  • Provision of habitat for beneficial organisms
  • Selection of pest-resistant crops and animals
  • Physical barriers (row covers)

Biological Pest Control

  • Big-eyed bugs
  • Ladybugs
  • Minute pirate bugs
  • Lacewings
  • Praying mantis

Naturally Derived Insecticides

  • Horticultural Oils
  • Aromatic Plant Oils
  • Pyrethrum
  • Spinosad
  • Neem
  • Rotenone
About Juan Villarreal

In 1983, I began my dentistry practice in Harlingen, Tx, and today it is one of the largest and most successful in the country. However I have a variety of other interests such as photography and organic farming. I am very proud of my orchards of organically grown tangerines and grapefruits.