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Insect and Pest Controls
At West Coast Seeds, we believe that pest management can be effectively accomplished with organic methods that are environmentally and human friendly. Synthetic chemicals present too great a risk to the health of our families and communities and of the ecosystems that we rely on to provide essential life support services. Nature has evolved many mechanisms and relationships that keep pests in check (see beneficial insects and animals in our Glossary). It is up to the ingenious gardener and the clever farmer to apply these natural methods to our gardens and farms, with a little help from some of the safe and effective products below.
Low visibility, UV-stabilized polypropylene netting that won't cause birds to become tangled or stuck, but it will keep them from gobbling up your whole berry crop. Bird X is a 2cm (¾") mesh in a 14 x 14 foot sheet, and it's easy to cut for smaller areas. We have customers who have used this product to keep cats out of their veggie patch by simply laying pieces down on the soil, as it prevents digging.
Use on vegetables for blights and leaf spot; on fruits for anthracnose and downy mildew; and on ornamentals for black spot and powdery/downy mildew. Avoid contact with eyes, noes, throat, and skin. Contains copper from tribasic copper sulfate. Copper fungicide is a popular control for many plant diseases. This item is 17cm tall x 7cm wide.
BTK kills any caterpillar that eats it but is harmless to all other insects and animals, including humans. A truly effective biological control. The concentrated solution makes over 30L to control caterpillars on vegetables, fruit and shade trees, ornamentals and evergreens. This item is 19cm tall x 15cm wide.
Use this all-natural, biodegradable product directly on your skin to keep the mozzies from leaving their mark. Safe for use with kids - even pets! This product uses herbal essential oils and a beeswax base. Does not contain mineral oil or eucalyptus oil. This product has a 7cm diameter and is 2cm thick.
Use this all-natural powder to repel rabbits from your garden. A single application lasts six months, as it does not wash away in the rain. Also effective against deer! This item is 21cm tall x 19cm wide.
Are crows a problem in your garden or on your farm? This all-weather hand made crow decoy is the best organic solution. In the old days farmers might kill a crow and hang it from a fencepost to repel crows. Well now we have a much happier solution. Crows may gather in alarm once they spot this life-sized decoy, but then they will flee the area. The decoy should be moved from time to time so that wiley crows don't grow accustomed to it. These decoys are hand stitched in Maple Ridge, BC by Perfect Murder Decoys. Each one has a wingspan of 60cm (24") and measures 50cm (20") from beak to tail.
The moment we saw this product, we loved it.
Plantskydd Deer Repellant is considered the most cost-effective and environmentally safe animal repellant available. Accepted and used by leading forest companies, nurseries, private woodlot owners, landscapers, and home gardeners, as well as State/Provincial and National Conservation agencies. A 100% natural, environmentally friendly product. Plantskydd Soluble Powder Concentrate is 'Listed' by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI - trw-9589). Plantskydd is member tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club.
Initially developed in Sweden in 1991 in response to commercial forest plantations being decimated by plant eating mammals. The forest industry needed an animal repellant that could last through severe weather and meet Sweden's strict environmental laws. Plantskydd's long-term effectiveness is attributable to the tenacity of its 100% natural, vegetable oil binder in sticking to plants, even under severe snow/rainfall conditions: up to 6 months over winter, 3-4 months in summer. The Swedish name for the product "Plantskydd" translates as "Plant Protection".
Plantskydd Deer Repellant works by emitting an odor that animals associate with predator activity, repelling the animal before it nibbles on plants. Research has proven that odor-based repellants are more effective than other repellant systems where the animal needs to taste treated plants before being repelled. Once animals are attracted to an area and begin feeding, it is more difficult to discourage them from returning. Plantskydd stimulates a fear-based response which will have deer, elk, moose, opossum, and rabbits looking to dine somewhere other than your garden or plantation.
Plantskydd® Deer Repellant is the browse deterrent of choice for leading North American forest companies who use it to successfully prevent plantation damage by deer, rabbits, elk and moose to millions of conifer and hardwood trees, including: cedar, spruce, fir, pine, alder, birch, larch, and poplar species. Many customers have provided positive anecdotal feedback as to the effectiveness of Plantskydd in protecting plants against other herbivores (plant eating mammals).
Nurseries and landscapers find Plantskydd® Deer Repellant to be equally effective in protecting flowers, shrubs, and ornamentals.
The Liquid container measures 27cm tall x 12cm wide.
The Powder container measures 22.5cm tall x 15cm wide.
This protective netting for gardens and landscaping is made from durable, UV-resistant, recycled plastic for a longer life. The 3/4" mesh prevents deer from chomping your hard garden work. The lgith-weight fencing unfolds to 2.1 x 30.5m (7 x 100') and can be used as a fence around vegetables or flowers, or simply draped over plantings. The black plastic is unobtrusive in the landscape.
This duo-bug and slug killer is also effective in killing aphids, cutworms, root maggots, cabbageworms, earwigs, fleas, silverfish, and more. Insects cannot develop resistance. The fine dust cloud sticks to wet plant surfaces and infiltrates insect hiding places. Protect against inhalation. Diatomaceous earth is derived from the finely milled fossiized remains of prehistoric freshwater diatoms. The find dust is "squirted" through the narrow, pointed applicator cap into specific areas such as down into cracks, or directly into insect nests. It is not intended as pest control for broadcast in the garden. This product is 26cm tall and has a diameter of 8cm.
Moths can be a problem in kitchens are anywhere they can lay their eggs in dried foods like grains, cereals, flour, and nuts. Protect your stored food from moths and their destructive larvae with the Pantry Moth Trap. A combination of scent attractant and sticky trap will reduce populations of adult moths within days. 100% pesticide free! This item comes in a 20.5cm tall x 10cm wide package.
Keep your kitchen fruit-fly free! A natural attractant entices them into the decorative trap, where a disposable sticky pad ensures they don't escape. Safe, effective, and 100% pesticide free. It's easy to use - when the pad is full, simply replace it with a new one. Includes two lures, and two sticky pads. The lures last for 5 days - refills are available separately from West Coast Seeds. This item is 11cm tall x 12cm wide.
For use with your Fruit Fly trap. Package includes two lures and two sticky pads. The package that this item comes in is 14cm tall x 10cm wide
Now available due to popular demand! We don't get magpies on the coast, but they can be a nuisance from south central BC east across the Prairies. These intelligent birds can cause all sorts of problems in an organic vegetable garden or farm. Use this hand-made decoy to repel magpies for good without actually harming them. Tie the decoy to a fencepost or lay it on the ground - you may have to move it from time to time in order to keep their attention. Like our crow decoys, these magpie decoys are hand stitched in Maple Ridge, BC by Perfect Murder Decoys. Each one has a wingspan of 60cm (24") and measures 50cm (20") from beak to tail.
Neem oil is derived from the nuts of a tropical tree. It can be used indoors to control insect pests. It has the effect of a hormonal blocker, so it takes time to work, but it WILL cauce a radical drop in population over time. We discourage the use of neem oil in the garden, as it is a systemic insecticide. Please use as directed.
Capsanem predatory nematodes product contain 50 million nematodes of the species Steinernema carpocapsae, which provide excellent natural protection from several soil dwelling insects, including the larvae of crane flies, and Sod Webworm, Iris Borer, caterpillars, and cutworms. One application provides coverage for 100 m sq (1200 ft sq). West Coast Seeds ships Capsanem once per year, in mid-September. Please reserve prior to September 1st each year.
The beneficial Terranem predatory nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora is the most aggressive species in hunting down and killing thick skinned soil grubs, including the larvae of the European chafer, Japanese beetle, Black Vine Weevil, May and June beetles, and the Asiatic Garden beetle. This nematode is also the best biological control for wireworms, which are the larval stage for the click beetles of the family Elateridae. One package of Terranem contains 50 million nematodes, and comes with complete instructions for application. Coverage of up to 230 sq meters (2,500 ft sq).
Apply in early summer to combat wireworms and weevils. Apply late July/early August to combat next year's European chafer beetle. Apply late summer in combination with Capsanem for further protection. Applying Terranem once, and then 28 days later is thought to be more effective against wireworm infestation. Outdoor temperature must be at least 14°C for Terranem to be effective.
Advance orders appreciated. Shipping begins mid June weather permitting.
When wasps see this product, they detect that a colony has already taken up residence, so they do not linger. It's easy to install and take down, and it works by tricking the insects, not killing them. After all, though they can be a nuisance, all wasps are beneficial garden insects.
This tidy little folding trap attracts food moths and traps them on a sticky surface inside. Each box contains 2 traps and 2 lures. Each lure will last 4 months or more. The box measures 14cm tall x 10cm wide.
Tested and recommended by the National Home Gardening Club of America, this all-natural product repels deer, rabbits, mice, elk, opossum, and moose from garden plants, without any unpleasant odour. A single application will last up to six months, as it does not wash away in the rain. This item is 21cm tall x 19cm wide.
Slugs don't like coming in contact with copper, so this copper mesh tape acts as a kind of fence to keep slugs off plants or even a whole garden bed. It's thin enough to cut with regular kitchen scissors and flexible. It looks really smart tacked down over the rim of a raised bed. The tape is 9cm (3.5") wide.
Slug-X is a chemical free and environmentally friendly way to solve all your slug and snail problems. Fill Slug-X with beer and you may find 40-50 slugs and snails trapped in a single night. Designed to sit on top of the soil, it can also be used on a deck or patio. The alcohol in the beer will kill the pests. Simply hose it out and refill it.
Mount these plastic cards on sticks in the garden so the card is just above the foliage of the plants you are protecting. Hang them in the greenhouse to aphids and whiteflys in the garden Easy-to-open 4"x7" trap reverse folds to expose 4"x14" sticky yellow surface with grid for precision monitoring purposes.
Non-poisonous and weatherproof Each trap his punched with hole and twist-tie provided to easily hang trap. Easy to handle and count insects without getting sticky.
The package holds 5 traps and measures 17cm tall x 10cm wide.
These bright yellow strips attract fungus gnats and many other flying instects away from your greenhouse seedlings and indoor plants. They also prevent adult stages of the insect from reproducing and infesting other plants. Safe and effective. The package is 16.5cm tall x 12cm wide and there are 12 traps for 12 average-sized plant in each.
Easy-to-open 4"x7" trap reverse folds to expose 4"x14" sticky Blue surface with grid for precision monitoring purposes. Approximately 30 square inch adhesive area.
Non-poisonous and weatherproof. Punched with hole and twist-tie provided to easily hang trap. Easy to handle and count insects without getting sticky.
There are 5 traps per package. The package measures 17cm tall x 10cm wide.