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Fighting garden pests in a natural way


As Fetzer and Bonterra Wine's the Director of Sustainability, Dr. Ann Thrupp promotes sustainable living by providing information to consumers on how to apply Fetzer's earth-friendly vineyard practices to their own backyard. She has a few suggestions on how a person can live an environmentally-friendly life, simply by making small changes.

From the Vineyard to your Backyard Controlling Insects Naturally:
As the temperature starts to increase, so does the insect population. And when it comes to keeping your garden healthy, controlling the "bad bugs" is essential. Fetzer Vineyards, a leader in sustainability, uses natural methods like cover crops, diversity of plants, and good bugs to control insects in their vineyards. Below are ten tips from Ann Thrupp, Director of Sustainability at Fetzer, on controlling insects with environmentally-friendly methods both inside and outside the home.
Repel pests naturally, with flowers:   Plant marigolds, chrysanthemums, dahlias, or clematis vines in an around your garden.    These aromatic flowers are natural bug repellents.  
Let the plants do the insect catching: Nasturtium flowers act as a trap crop for aphids.  
Offensive smells, offend the bugs: Planting garlic and onions may help to ward off certain pests as well.   
Control insects naturally with good bugs: Ladybugs, lacewings and spiders are the gardener's best friends when it comes to insect control. An adult ladybug may consumer up to 50 "bad bugs" a day. Learn how to spot these "good bugs" and protect them by avoiding chemical pest sprays, and by providing habitat for them.
Call in the birds: Birds prey on insects and can be encouraged into the garden by feeding, hanging a birdhouse, providing a bird bath or by planting plants with berries.
Non-toxic methods of pest control:   If insects such as aphids or ants become problems and are not controlled by the beneficial bugs in your garden, then try spraying them with soapy water in a spray bottle, rather than using chemicals.  
Every slug needs a beer: If you have a problem with slugs, you can "bait" and trap them by putting beer in a small plastic container; slugs usually are attracted to beer more than your plants!
The cucumber cure: To repel ants, place cucumber peels near the place they are entering your house. You can also try spraying them with soapy water.
Let the cat (nip) out: To repel cockroaches use catnip. Studies show that an ingredient in catnip repels cockroaches 100 times more than DEET.
Sour those fleas away: Use citrus, such as lemon juice, to rid your home or pet of fleas. Mix equal parts lemon juice and water in your pet's rinse water.
Light a candle: A citronella candle not only sets a great mood for an evening party but also repels mosquitoes.

Fetzer and Bonterra are committed to creating their wines in a sustainable, responsible way.  For more information about Fetzer Vineyards, Hopland, CA go to


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