How to Keep Pests Off Hydroponic Plants

Pests are a common problem with home gardening and this is always the case with hydroponic plants. True, plants grown with hydroponics tend to have fewer pests than those grown in a garden, but this doesn’t mean that pests are gone altogether. As long as there is vegetation present, different pests will automatically sense the vegetation and be drawn to it.

It is always essential to be prepared and to take certain steps in order to prevent a pest problem to start with. Taking the necessary precautions beforehand will save you a lot of hassle in the future, not to mention, saving your hydroponic plants from being infested.

There are all kinds of methods for preventing pests and killing them and some work better than others. Here are a few of the best simple solutions to fix your pest problem:

Insecticide Sprays
Insecticide sprays come in many different varieties but are basically in two groups: organic and non organic. Non organic pesticides tend to have more of an effect on pests but can be harmful to some plants. This type of solution to your pest problem is only recommended if all other options have been exhausted as it is much healthier for your plants to be treated with organic methods.

Sticky Fly Paper
This method of pest control is intended mainly for implementation with other types of pest control. Using sticky fly traps work a lot better than most people think and, when used in conjunction with other methods of pest control, they will virtually clean up your pest problem. Hang these both above and within your garden as close to your plants as possible without touching them – this will help you to achieve maximum effect. Try this and I guarantee that by the end of the first day or so, you will instantly get results.

Neem Oil
Neem oil is a natural pesticide and a highly effective method for use against all pests that may invade your hydroponic plants and is highly recommended. Neem oil is non-toxic and 100% organic, derived from the seeds of the Neem tree found in India. Mix one liter of water with about eight milliliters of pressed Neem oil and shake very well. Thoroughly mist this solution onto your hydroponic plants for maximum effect. Be very careful to get the ratio correct and not to mix in too much Neem oil, or you might ed up with an oily shine to your leaves.

Dish Soap
This is an old home remedy that works wonders. All you need to do is mix a dab of regular, non fragrance dish soap with straight water in a spray bottle. Spray the entire plant, especially underneath the leaves as this is where pests can usually be found. Now let this soapy solution sit on your hydroponic plants for about an hour and a half to two hours and then thoroughly rinse with plain water. After this rinse, shake your plants a little just to get off any extra moisture. You can then let your indoor garden fans take care of any remaining moisture