Kaolin Clay Is Commonly Used for Organic Pest Control
Did you know that kaolin clay can be used as a natural pest control? It's true! Kaolin clay is a non-toxic, environmentally friendly way to get rid of cucumber beetles and corn rootworm.
In this article, we will discuss how to use kaolin clay for integrated pest management. We'll also provide tips on how to mix and apply the clay for best results. Keep reading to learn more!
History of Kaolin Clay
Kaolin clay is a fine, white powder made from kaolinite, a type of aluminum silicate mineral. It's named after the Kaoling village in China, where it was first mined. For centuries, kaolin clay has been used for a variety of purposes, including ceramic manufacturing and cosmetics. More recently, it has gained popularity as a natural pest control method.
Derived from kaolin clay, Surround WP forms a barrier film that acts as a broad spectrum crop protectant. It is labeled to control insect pests and disease, while protecting against sunburn and heat stress. Surround WP coats the plants with a white powder film that acts in several ways to deter pests.
It creates a hostile environment for insects and mites, the particles adhere to the insects acting as a strong irritant and the film creates a physical barrier to insects like psylla.
The material is porous, which allows the important process of gas exchange to occur. In addition, Surround WP helps prevent sunburn damage and can enhance fruit coloring. Labeled for use with a wide range of insects, it can be used on cucumber plants, corn fields, apples, pears, peaches, citrus, berries and other field crops.
Applications for Beetles and Rootworm
When cucumber beetles and corn rootworm come into contact with kaolin clay, adults feed on the clay and they become covered in the powder. This interferes with their ability to eat and breathe, and eventually kills them. Kaolin clay is most effective when applied as a preventative measure, before cucumber beetles and corn rootworm have a chance to infest your plants.
To use kaolin clay for black striped cucumber beetle and corn rootworm control, mix it with water to form a slurry. The ratio of clay to water will vary depending on the type of sprayer you're using.
For best results, consult the manufacturer's instructions. Once you've mixed the clay and water, apply it to the leaves of your plants. Be sure to cover both the top and bottom of the leaves for complete coverage.
Reapply kaolin clay every seven to ten days, or as needed. You'll know it's time to reapply when you see cucumber beetles or corn rootworm on your plants. If you're using kaolin clay as part of an integrated pest management program, you may also need to use other control methods, such as organic insecticides. Use of lures and traps, or trap crops, can also complement the clay's work.
Consult with a pest control expert to develop a plan that's right for you.
Benefits of Kaolin Clay
Kaolin clay is a safe, effective way to get rid of spotted cucumber beetles and western corn rootworm. It's also non-toxic and environmentally friendly, making it a great choice for integrated pest management. Give it a try in your garden this season!
Do you have any tips for using kaolin clay? Share them in the comments below! And be sure to check out our other blog posts on integrated pest management.
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