Pest Control

The best insect control and pesticides for your crops

Pest control is one of the most important steps to successful cash crop farming. There are many different approaches to insect control, and you have to choose the one that's best for your own operation. Consider the types of crops you're raising, local weather and soil conditions, and any local by-laws governing the use of chemicals or sprays on fields and food.

Organic pest control is quickly growing in popularity, as the market for organic foods is ever increasing. Organic pest control includes using chemical-free pest control products and alternative forms of pest control equipment. However, there are many other options you can consider.

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Electronic Pest Control and Ultrasonic Pest Control

Electronic pest control, which takes the form of either electromagnetic or ultrasonic pest control, involves the use of electronic devices to repel insects. These typically use sound waves that are too high-pitched for human ears to catch, but will irritate and repel insects and rodents.

The reliability of these products is heavily debated, with some people insisting that they don't work at all, while others swear by them as a more natural and environmentally friendly approach to insect control. However, studies have confirmed that high, short sound waves do actually repel pests and rodents, so it is most likely the reliability of the products that need to be questioned.

You may also want to be aware of the ways in which an electromagnetic pest repellent affects the electromagnetic fields surrounding your home and farm buildings. If you choose electronic pest control, make sure to test out the product you're purchasing on a small area before you invest large amounts of money.

Pesticides

Pesticides, often applied to large areas using crop dusters, are the most common form of pest control in use. If you're an organic farmer, it is possible to find chemical-free pesticides. However, you need to pay close attention to labels because it's easy to pick up a chemical-based pesticide. Many states have enacted local by-laws limiting the use of chemical pesticides, particularly when it comes to agricultural crops, so make sure that you're aware of your local regulations regarding pesticide use before you apply anything to your fields.