Natural Predators and Pest Control

Natural Predators
Adding chemical pesticides to your garden will not only kill whatever is munching on your plants, but wipes out all the beneficial bugs like spiders and ladybirds that naturally keep the bad ones in check. What ends up happening? You kill off all the bad guys, but because all the good guys got wiped out too, the bad bugs and all of their friends can easily move back in and fully take over with no beneficial bugs to guard your borders fight them off. What's the answer? Adding natural predators (such as ladybirds, predatory mites, etc.) will boost your gardens natural defenses, not only wiping out the bad bugs, but leaving a strong line of defense incase of return! Like having hundreds of mini soldiers protecting your plants!

We have a whole variety of different little critters to help you out, all of them at the best value you can find on the net! Have a read below of specific solutions to your pesky bug problems, and have a browse of the selection on our products page to find exactly what you need!

Choose your bug below for the best advice and specific natural solutions!

 
 
 

Aphids 
(aka Greenflies, Blackflies, and Whiteflies)

Aphidoidea - One of the gardener's worst enemies --- these little guys arrive in small numbers, and as sap sucking insects they essentially drink you plants sap --- the essential sugars and nutrients being transported around the plants organs. Before you know it, their population has exploded, partially due to their ability to both sexually and asexually reproduce, as well as each female being able to produce thousands of descendants, each of which sucking your plants life out of them!

It's safe to say aphids constitute a formidable foe! But hope is not lost --- far from it! We have a few little bugs that we can put to work for us. 
Personally we recommend using both the ladybird and lacewing larvae - the first two product listed on the products page. 

Ladybirds

Coccinellidae - As well as helping to pollinate your flowers and veg, ladybirds eat countless aphids each day (more than 4,000 in their lifetime), gorging themselves on your infestation, both in their larval stage (shown on the right) and in their adult stage as the iconic 'ladybird' or 'ladybug' we all know so well. Our products include native British Adalia bipuncata, which are best released at night time to ensure they settle and stay resident in your patch; ladybird habitats to help encourage permanent 'defense towers'; ladybird attractants to encourage those naturally in your area to join in the fight. Can also be used indoors. Take a look!

Lacewings

Neuroptera - A great all round defense, lacewing larvae will happily much through aphids and a range of other bugs attacking your patch. So long as your garden or allotment has sheltered areas, lacewings can overwinter, providing you a long term solution to garden invaders. On top of that, as their name suggests, they are a very attractive little critter! With a pack of 500 larvae for 22.95 on our products page, you can't go wrong! Have a look now!

Ladybird larva munching on an aphid

 Lacewing

Live Diatoms

Diatomaceous Earth 


Made up of the fossilised remains of diatoms (a type of algae), the powder absorbs lipids from the exoskeletons of insects and bugs, causing them to dehydrate. Works on slugs, snails, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, and a whole lot more! Can even be used to protect pets from fleas! Use its application carefully as you may wipe out beneficial bugs if used extensively --- simply use on selected areas. Have a look at our selection!

Slugs and Snails

Even the thought of these gastropod molluscs will send a shiver through any gardener. We've all transplanted our favorite healthy specimens outside, only to find a mere stem left as slugs munched the lot over night, as well as the constant holes and bite marks throughout precious leaves across the garden. But fear not! We have several natural methods of keeping these enemies at bay!

Nematodes

Nematoda - One of the most diverse types of animals, these microscopic worms can be a gardeners best friend. Predatory nematodes can be used to invade slug, snail, and leatherjacket populations, actually entering and breeding inside the slug, releasing many more nematodes into your soil. Unlike chemical alternatives, nematodes don't pose a threat to birds, cats, frogs, and toads, etc. that go on to eat the remnants of the slug. Good work all around! Take a look at the options available.

Slug Collars, Traps, Wool Pellets

Simple yet effective! Slug collars provide a band either around your plant pots, or in the soil that slugs will not cross, creating an unbreachable barrier between them and your plants. Available as collars, strips, and tape. Traps utelise an attractant (often beer - which slugs can't resist) to lure slugs and snails into a trap that they can not escape. Much better and safer for kids, pets, and wildlife than using harmful chemicals. Wool Pellets - often made from a sheeps fleece, wool fibres have cuticle cells on the top -  tiny hook like barbs which cause the fibres to matt together. With added sand and nutrients, the pellets swell with moisture, providing a barrier that irritates the slugs underside, forcing it to forage elsewhere. Safe, effective, no chemicals, and no mess - take a look and see what you prefer!


Frogs, Toads, Chickens, and Wild Birds

To us they are slimy and disgusting, but to many animals, they are a tasty treat! Why not try adding a habitat for frogs and toads, start keeping some free range chickens, or encourage wild birds --- all of which would love to chow down on your slimy foes! Have a look at our range of habitats and chicken supplies.

Diatomaceous Earth

Made up of the fossilised remains of diatoms (a type of algae), the powder absorbs lipids from the exoskeletons of insects and bugs, causing them to dehydrate. Works on slugs, snails, cockroaches, fleas, bedbugs, and a whole lot more! Can even be used to protect pets from fleas! Use its application carefully as you may wipe out beneficial bugs if used extensively --- simply use on selected areas. Have a look at our selection!


Arion vugaris

Arion rufus

A Mealybug

And our friend Cryptolaemus

Mealybugs

Pseudoococcidae - Working similarly to aphids, mealybugs suck the juices particularly of greenhouse plants and house plants, causing the leaves to yellow and the plant to die. As well as sucking sap they produce an excess of honeydew which can cause sooty mould, particularly on lower leaves. Keep an eye out for their 'wool', which is essentially where the eggs are laid. 

Not to worry though! The larvae of our little friend Cryptolaemus feed on mealybug larvae before pupating into a ladybird, who, after munching on some more mealybugs, will lay her eggs next to those of the mealybug, producing your next generation of soldiers, which, unlike the mealy bug, can fly to each of your plants, wiping out the infestation. Available in packs of 10 and 25.

Leatherjackets and Grubs

Leatherjackets are the larval stage of the crane fly / daddy long legs, and destroy your plants, and especially on lawns, by feeding on their roots, preventing your plant from taking up vital water and nutrients. Damage to grass is typically seen as yellow patches, slowed growth, and can easily be pulled up with poor root structure. Not to worry though, our friends the nematodes can come to the rescue!

Nematodes

Nematoda - One of the most diverse types of animals, these microscopic worms can be a gardeners best friend. Predatory nematodes can be used to invade slug, snail, and leatherjacket populations, actually entering and breeding inside the slug, releasing many more nematodes into your soil. Unlike chemical alternatives, nematodes don't pose a threat to birds, cats, frogs, and toads, etc. that go on to eat the remnants of the slug. Good work all around! Take a look at the options available.

Tipula sp.

 Cydia pomonella

 

Moths

Although most moths are happy friendly little critters, helping to pollinate our gardens, we can sometime fall victim of some of their less friendly relatives. House moths, also known as clothes moths love to munch away at your favourite jumpers, and fruit moths, especially the plumb fruit moth, apple fruit moth, and codling moth, as they munch away at your fruits as they ripen, and even lay their eggs inside for the larvae to feed off the fruit. The last thing you want when you bite into the fruit you've been waiting for all year! Not to worry though! No matter what type of moth you have, nature has plenty of solutions to your moth woes! Search for the name of your moth on our moth page to find the best solution available.

Pheromone Traps

A simple, cheap, and effective solution. These traps contain pheromones (natural scent hormones) to attract moths to the trap before they can lay their eggs. Very easy to hang amongst your fruit trees, or throughout your orchard, and also available for inside the house. Take a look!

Repellant

Often made of cedar, these work in the opposite way to a pheromone trap --- instead of a scent that attracts the moths, these repellants are a great non-toxic way of both getting rid and keeping rid of moths. Also available in various oil sprays, and even cedar coat hangers! Have a browse of the selection!

Birds

Although they make a lovely addition to any garden, and we strongly encourage the use of feeders and baths to promote bird life, the do love to have a good munch on our berries, seeds, and the garden as a whole! Thats why we've got a range of solutions that can keep birds and other pests off the veg patch and let them roam free around the rest of the garden.

Physical Scarers

From dummy predators, bird-shaped kites, and reflective lines, we've got it all! Solutions for veg and pond bird problems in a variety of often decorative shapes! These products work by relying on the birds natural fear of predators, noise, or disturbance, and we have found great results from the use of kites especially. We also offer jet water sprays - a sensor detects intruders into your garden and fires a jet of water at them, driving them off!

Electronic and Ultrasonic

Want a solution less intrusive in your garden, have a persistent problem, or want instant results? Electronic / Ultrasonic scarers are by far the most effective way or driving away birds and other pests. They work by emitting a pulse of sound and electromagnetic waves that birds and other pests can't stand to listen to and are forced to fly away elsewhere. No chemicals, easy set up, and definite immediate results!

Tale a look now to see our entire selection of solutions to your bird-based problems!

Rats and Mice!

Rattus sp. and Mus sp. - Unless kept as pets these little critters are often the most unwelcome of visitors. Prevalent almost everywhere - they can flourish in urban, suburban, and countryside settings with no problems. Rats are opportunistic survivors and therefore love to live near humans...scavenging from our scraps and debris whenever they get chance. Chances are we've all had them at one point, and with a mouse being able to produce 10-12 offspring every 25 days....so those two mice seen a few weeks ago could easily now be a quickly growing colony. Don't fear though! Nature has a range of solutions that can help drive away your furry foes!

Electronic and Ultrasonic

Grab your own personal Pied Piper! Electronic / Ultrasonic scarers are by far the most effective way or driving away rats, mice, and other pests. They work by emitting a pulse of sound and electromagnetic waves beyond human hearing ranges that rats, mice, and other pests can't stand, and are forced to scurry away elsewhere. No chemicals, no mess, no dead rats to clean up, easy set up, and definite immediate results! We have options for inside the home, outside in the garden, solutions for small problems, and large infestations. Jet spray devices also available --- get some turrets to ward off those pesky critters! Take a look!

Traps and Pads

Simple, but they work! Traps are typically a wire enclosure that is baited, you wait for the rodents to become trapped inside, before either humanely dispatch, or release them a safe distance from your home. Glue pads work by being placed where rats and mice frequently run, literally stopping them in their tracks for you to dispatch humanely.

Rat Pellets

A natural, effective alternative to using poisons --- using poison leads to numerous problems. Not only are you poisoning the rats and mice themselves, but also any cats, crows, foxes, or other wildlife that use them as lunch after they croak, as well as poisoning any patches of your garden that their remains decay on. Not what you want, especially if you have kids, eat from your garden, or spend much time there! Our rat and mouse pellets are the perfect solution --- they are made from natural plant extracts that disrupt the digestive system of the rats, causing them to die without the use of chemicals.


Many options are available for a full range of budgets. Take a look now!


Moles

Talpidae - Conjuring up quintessential English childhood images, courtesy of Wind in the Willows, Mr. Mole is a loved yet pesky garden visitor. Although quite amazing creatures, and smaller than most imagine them to be, a moles diet consists of your little garden pals --- the earthworm (essential for maintaing nutrients and good soil structure) and leave (lots!) of physical damage, especially to that lawn you've been caring for all summer! Don't fear though! We can help you to deter moles from your lawn without having to hurt or kill the little guys. 

Electronic / Ultrasonic

Grab your own personal Pied Piper! Electronic / Ultrasonic scarers are by far the most effective way or driving away moles, rats, mice, and other pests. They work by emitting a pulse of sound and electromagnetic waves beyond human hearing ranges that moles, rats, mice, and other pests can't stand, and are forced to scurry away elsewhere. No chemicals, no mess, no dead moles to clean up, easy set up, and definite immediate results! We have specialist options for moles, with underground pulsing spikes, solutions for small problems, and large infestations. Have a browse!

Repellants

Our favourites are the garlic granules --- they double as a biostimulant, fetilising your garden! Completely non-toxic and safe for the environment, pets, and kids, these repellants work by producing scents (you won't notice them yourself!) that moles dislike and force them to burrow deeper and go elsewhere. They do work -- have you ever seen a mole hill in a patch of wild garlic? Take a look now!

Smokes

Although unavailable for quite some time due to their harsh and dangerous chemicals, we have found a natural, safe solution. Based on castor oil, these smokes coat the inside of mole tunnels creating a physical barrier that forces them to go elsewhere. Harmless to the environment, kids, and your pets! Feel free to have a browse!

Rabbits

Leporidae - Cute and cuddly, but these guys love to munch through all of your favourite greens! With a very rapid reproductive rate (producing up to 12 offspring every month!) a few little bunnies in the corner can suddenly become an army munching away at all of your plants, flowers, and veg! We do, however, have several options available to you to help deter these guys with minimal fuss.

Electronic / Ultrasonic

Grab your own personal Pied Piper! Electronic / Ultrasonic scarers are by far the most effective way or driving away rabbits, moles, rats, mice, and other pests. They work by emitting a pulse of sound and electromagnetic waves beyond human hearing ranges that rabbits, moles, rats, mice, and other pests can't stand, and are forced to scurry away elsewhere. No chemicals, no mess, no dead rabbits to clean up, easy set up, and definite immediate results! We have specialist options for moles, with underground pulsing spikes, solutions for small problems, and large infestations. Have a browse!

Guards / Scarers

Quite simply, guards work by surrounding your beds with a metal or plastic mesh. Great for putting a barrier between your crops and our furry friends, and quite cost effective! Perfect for protecting vital salad crops, flowers, and other rabbit hot spots! Scarers work by producing a vibration through a taught line, scaring away rabbits, birds and other pests. Take a look!

Traps


Simple, but they work! Traps are baited and curious rabbits enter to take a look, only to become trapped inside for you to either humanely dispatch or release a safe distance away from your home. Great for long term prevention, and those who prefer traditional methods. Have a look at our selection!

Cats and Dogs

Felis catus and Canis lupus - Mans best friends, but they certainly get up to so mischief! They're active, mischievous, love to dig holes, chuck soil about, and leave little messes everywhere. The only problem is they don't mind where they do it! Especially with cats, your garden can soon become a kitties favourite haunt, especially if you are encouraging wildlife to be present :) Don't fear though! We've got several harmless options to keep the pets out of that vital part of the garden!

Electronic / Ultrasonic

Grab your own personal Pied Piper! Electronic / Ultrasonic scarers are by far the most effective way or driving away cats, dogs, moles, rats, mice, and other pests. They work by emitting a pulse of sound and electromagnetic waves beyond human hearing ranges that cats, dogs, moles, rats, mice, and other pests can't stand, and are forced to scurry away elsewhere. No chemicals, no mess, no harm to animals, easy set up, and definite immediate results! We have solutions to suit all sizes, for small problems, and large congregations of kitties. Jet sprays also available, set up your own discrete guard towers! Have a browse!

Scarlet Lily Beetle / Raspberry Beetle

Lilioceris lilii - These little guys are a killer for lilies and fritillaries. As larvae these little guys munch through your flowers, before they disguise themselves as bird droppings by covering themselves with excrement before morphing into adults. The adults love to feed on flowers, leaves, and stems, before laying eggs upon the plants and starting the process all over again. Once again though, nature has a great solution for us!

Pyrethrum spray

Based on an age old technique of creating a contact insecticide from chrysanthemums, this spray works by attacking bugs on contact when sprayed. This is great news for ladybirds, lacewings, and other beneficial insects, as if they visit your plants to keep guard after spraying, they won't be harmed by the chemicals --- it only works on the bugs it is sprayed on. Also effective against Raspberry Beetles, Aphids, Greenflies, Blackflies, Whiteflies, and a range of other bugs. Take a look now and help save your flowers!