Organic Gardening  Pest Control

Preventing Pests in Your Garden

garden of roses

Practice Organic Gardening Pest Control Methods to control garden pests.

Learn ways to control unwanted pests such as bugs, deer, cats and dogs, with safe methods that won't unbalance the ecology of the area..

Organic Insect Pest Control

Do you have Lots of insects in Your garden? Lots of insects can be good for the garden.....if you have the right ones. I'm talking about Beneficial Insects.

These are the 'good bugs', that defend your garden by consuming the unwanted ones.

Some of these beneficial insects can be purchased and released into the garden, but it would be best to 'invite' the local ones by planting a variety of foods and habitats that they like.

If you plant specific plants, these beneficial bugs will hang around the garden happily eating harmful insects. (This is true for any garden not only roses)

What plants do the good bugs prefer?

Practice Organic Gardening Pest Control by Planting the Right Flowers


Lots of Annual flowers (Flowers that grow for one season),attract beneficial insects.

Others repel unwanted bugs.

The following is a short list of organic gardening pest control using annual flowers, but there are many more.

  • Alyssum
  • Asters
  • Blue Lace Flower
  • Butterfly weed
  • Calendula
  • Chinese Aster
  • Cosmos
  • Geraniums
  • Marigolds
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pincushion Flower
  • Stocks
  • Sunflowers

These annual flowers can be planted among the roses, or planted throughout the landscape.

Mixing plants with different aromas make it difficult for pests to zero in on specific plants...(your roses)!

Beneficial Herbs for Organic Gardening Pest Control

To help attract a wide range of beneficial bugs to the garden; plant some herbs.

Strong scented ones help to mask the scent of insect attracting compounds produced by the roses. (Basil, garlic and thyme are among my favorites)

  • Alliums (garlic,onions)
  • Angelica
  • Catnip
  • Chervil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Lovage
  • Parsleys
  • Rosemary
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Thyme


Most of the organic gardening pest control repellants contain hot pepper, garlic, or citrus oils. They are used either alone, or in combinations, with and without a wax-like substance that helps to make it stick to the plant leaves.

Hot pepper wax has a wide range of pests that it repels, including;aphids ,scale, thrips, whiteflies, leaf hoppers and spider mites.

Cats, Dogs and Deer

Your neighbor's or your pet can be trouble in the garden!

Cats can be lured to another part of the garden by planting a generous clump of catnip.

Using a coarse mulch that doesn't make them think 'kitty litter' is another idea.

Dogs can do damage by peeing on plants; If washed off immediately will prevent burning of the plant.

They also are by nature, diggers....Not the best thing for your established garden! A fence might be your only solution.

Deer can be a real bother to your garden.. roses or other. I've heard of many organic solutions including hanging bars of soap,or human hair around the garden.

There are commercial repellants for deer that work well, put have to be replace often because rainwater dilutes it.

An organic gardening friend suggests the best solution to deterring deer is human urine. She applies it full strength around the perimeter of her garden every couple of weeks (or after a rain) and she says the deer stay away.

Attract Birds to the Garden

hummingbird for organic gardening pest control

Birds can be a real asset to your rose garden. They consume LOTS of unwanted garden bugs, and can be your number one organic gardening pest control defense.

An especially beneficial bird is the beautiful little Hummingbird. It will eat large numbers of aphids and other small bugs.

Plant flowers that it likes to attract it to the garden. Follow this guide to Attracting Hummers to the garden.

Organic Insecticides

Although safe for organic gardeners, these insecticides are toxic to both pest insects and beneficial ones.

Use these directly on the insect, and only apply to pest-affected plants. To be useful, they must come in direct contact with the insect.

Use only as the last defense, and spray in the evening hours when fewer of the beneficial insects are out and about.




Diatomaceous Earth


Spider mites, sawfly larvae, mealybugs

Insecticidal Soap

Mix with water. Use early morning, afternoon or cloudy days to avoid burning. Repeat for a few days

Aphids, leafhoppers. thrips, mealybugs, whiteflies,

Horticultural Oil

Foliar spray

Aphids, mealybugs, mites, scale, sawfly larvae

Dormant Oil

Spray when plants are dormant, before buds swell

Aphids, mealybugs, scale

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