Earthworm-friendly pest control | Scoop News
Those of us who enjoy working in the garden and enjoying a lush and colorful garden, whether ornamental or a vegetable and herb garden at home, will also appreciate the benefits that earthworms in the garden. soil below can bring to our plants. Earthworms also bring benefits to lawns and turf.
The main benefit of earthworms to plant and grass life is their function of breaking down and aerating soils, allowing plant root systems to find and use nutrients.
They also add additional fertilizers while breaking down nutrients into a form easily digested by plant root systems.
Earthworms and pesticides
Pest control operations in Auckland will often require the use of insecticides applied to lawns, turf, garden soils, and the trunks of trees and shrubs. These methods are often used to control outdoor cockroaches, ant nests and trails, and to control ground spiders such as white tails.
Earthworms are not insects, but the insecticides used to control insects in Auckland can still disrupt earthworm activity.
Can Pest Control Be Done Without Harming Earthworms?
Preserving earthworms in soils treated with pest control products in Auckland requires understanding two factors in the pest control method.
Ground binding qualities of insecticide choice
The soil binding qualities of insecticides are the ability of the active ingredient to bind to treated soils. The degree of binding capacity of insecticides to the soil varies considerably from one product group to another. For example, common pyrethroids, depending on the type used, can have incredibly strong soil binding qualities, meaning they will never be leached from the treated soil – they will not mix with other soils and run off. not even during heavy rains.
The reverse can be true with different variants, some products becoming mobile during rainy episodes and being able to mix and transfer to other soils not initially treated. These products may spread to other areas of the garden after treatment and may absorb deeper into the soil.
The toxicity of the chosen insecticide on earthworms
Various groups and subvariants of insecticides can be used to control cockroaches, ants and spiders in Auckland. Choosing the right product is essential for maintaining the growth and productivity of earthworms.
Some types of insecticides are quite toxic while others can be of low toxicity. Selecting the right product can make a significant difference in maintaining a healthy stock of earthworms in the garden or grassy area to be treated.
Method of application
Most pest control applications in Auckland, where earthworms work, should be applied only to the first few inches of soil from the top. Deeper penetrating treatments, as in the case of the ant nests in Auckland, should be applied specifically if necessary.
In combination with strong soil binding products with a lower toxicity profile to earthworms, pest control sprays in gardens and turf areas are not expected to adversely affect the number of earthworms or their beneficial productivity in soil. garden areas.
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