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PET SAFE INSECTICIDE
Insecticides are designed to destroy any destructive species on your plant, and these are made up of chemicals that will cause harm to both humans and animals if accidentally absorbed. While you might be able to avoid coming in contact with it, your pets do not have the same judgment. In fact, they will probably try to inspect plants with insecticides sprayed on them because the smell is unfamiliar to them, which can cause major problems.
How can insecticides affect your pet?
Your furry friends like to explore a lot. Once outside, their noses and whiskers are a way to get a feel of their surroundings so you should expect that they would poke their heads around your plants especially if you used commercial pesticide and insecticides recently. Since their noses are wet, harmful chemicals from the plants are at risk of being inhaled and ingested by your pets. Dogs and cats lack the capability to detoxify toxins in their livers so if they have been poisoned, it can be fatal.
PET SAFE INSECTICIDE TYPES
Plants can be used to lure insects away from the main plant that you want to grow. These are called “trap plants” and these are planted in between crops to appear more inviting to insects. Usually, trap plants are more odorous and once the insects have gathered on them, you must remove the trap plants at once. Examples of this type of insecticide are garlic, dandelions, and basil. These are generally pet safe if your pet has ingested small amounts.
You might be surprised to know that insects can actually serve as an insecticide. This is a common practice among farmers because it lets natural selection do the job for you. There are three common insects used as insecticide: aphid midges, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps. Aphid midges feed on plant-destroying species of aphids. Lady beetles feed on insect eggs and other soft-bodied insects. Parasite wasps usually lay their eggs inside plant-destroying insects to prevent their growth. We recommend this if you can’t afford artificial insecticides because these insects will not hurt humans and animals. In addition, you won’t have to spend much, just spray sugar water on your plants and they will automatically gather around.
Homemade sprays come in various forms, but they all aim to physically remove insects from the plants. Water in itself is an adequate insecticide because if you spray the insects on sight, they will be forcefully removed from the plants, but the insects will come back after a while so using water is a tedious task. China clay can also be mixed with water and sprayed on plants to provide a thin layer of coating that will block insects from feeding on the leaves. Soaps are also successful in keeping out caterpillars, aphids, and mites.