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Organic Pest Control Methods For Your Hydroponics Garden Featured

The future of hydroponic pesticides is steadily moving towards more effective organic solutions to pest problems. The future of hydroponic pesticides is steadily moving towards more effective organic solutions to pest problems.


The hydroponic industry is ever-evolving and continually bringing new, innovative products to consumers. This happens within every subcategory throughout the hydroponic industry as well; lighting, ventilation, soils/media, nutrients, and pest control are all evolving in their own right. With more and more indoor horticulturalists paying close attention to the potentially harmful chemicals associated with insect control, there has been a tremendous advancement within the subcategory of organic pesticides.

Compared with just a few years ago, the amount of choices in organic pest control have dramatically multiplied. The days of insecticidal soap being the best choice for the organically conscious grower are over. Now a grower can choose from a variety of quality organic derivatives that are quite effective in preventing or treating an insect infestation.

Garlic and Clove Extracts

Many of the new organic insecticides available are either garlic or clove based. Both of these powerful herbs have the ability to destroy bugs on contact, but work most effectively as an insect deterrent. Insects that sense clove or garlic will immediately pack up and find another place to live.

Rosemary Extracts

Rosemary extracts contain special compounds that block the octopamine receptors of many insect varieties. This causes paralysis and eventually death for insects sprayed with a rosemary extract solution. Octopamine receptors are specific to insects so there are no adverse effects when sprayed on or around mammals or birds.


Azadirachtin is the active insecticidal ingredient in neem oil. Once isolated, azadirachtin can be further concentrated to create a powerful and extremely effective organic insecticide. Azadirachtin-based insecticides take a multifaceted approach in destroying an insect infestation. First, it functions as a deterrent. Insects that sense azadirachtin on the leaf surface will find their lunch elsewhere. Secondly, it works as an insect growth regulator by affecting an insect’s ability to molt. If insects are directly sprayed with or consume azadirachtin, their ability to molt or reproduce is compromised and they will die. Last, but not least, azadirachtin works as an anti-ovipositor (the insects won’t lay eggs) when the compound is sensed by the insects.


Spinosad is an insecticide based on the bacterial species Saccharopolyspora spinosa. Spinosad works by disrupting the nervous system of the insect. It is highly effective via both contact and ingestion. Unfortunately, this product is not a cure-all. Some insect varieties are more easily treated with spinosad than others. It has also been shown that spinosad is generally more effective at treating the larvae stage of many insects than the adult stage.

Frequency Infused Water

Based on the works of Royal Raymond Rife, frequency infused water uses the same line of thinking that pathogens can be weakened or destroyed by energetically exciting destructive resonances in their constituent chemicals. In other words, every thing has a particular frequency that, when matched or excited, can be used to destroy it. The most common example is the crystal glass broken by an opera singer. Once the destructive frequency of the glass is matched by the singer’s voice, the glass will shatter.

So how does all this equate to good organic pesticides? Well, some pesticide companies are working on finding the frequencies that destroy the pathogens that plague indoor gardens. Water has the unique ability to hold these frequencies for a given amount of time. If water infused with the proper frequencies is sprayed on a pathogen, the pathogen will be destroyed. Sounds like snake oil? Sure does, but the proof is in the pudding and companies have proven this technology works. There is definitely a future for frequency infused water in the hydroponic marketplace.

As more growers become conscious of what they are spraying onto their plants and, in turn, putting into their bodies, there will be even more advancements in organic-based insecticides and fungicides. No one can be sure what the future will hold for the hydroponic industry, but we can be certain that the continuing evolution of our industry will bring forth innovative ideas and products.

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