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How To Get Rid Of Sawflies

A sawfly is an insect that is more similar to wasp and bees rather than flies. But like any other insects, wasp, bees and flies, sawflies can also bring harm and infestation to any home. Sawflies love to visit places with lots of trees and plants. Actually, when female sawflies lay their eggs, they lay it on plant stems and leaves, and once the sawflies egg hatch, the larvae will start to feed on the plants where they were laid.

Sawfly infestation is very widespread in areas where food crops are planted. So if you are a farmer or a home gardener, sawflies are one of the pests to look out for. If you do not want your lovely plants to be damaged, you need to get rid of sawflies as soon as you see them. And if in case your lot has been visited by these insects, here are some useful tips that you can do to get rid of sawflies.

Pick them up

If the sawflies have just recently landed on your lot, you can just pick them up with your own hands. During a fine morning, wear your gloves, grab a bucket of soapy water and go out to your yard. Search for those sawflies around and catch them all, including larvae and eggs. Drown them in the soapy water and dispose afterwards. Manually picking sawflies are not as effective and efficient though. You might miss some sawflies and they can still multiply and bring greater damage to your lot.

Spray down with water

If you prefer a non-chemical way to remove those sawflies that bring infestation to your lot, you can choose to spray them down with water. You can use either a high-pressure hose or a power washer. Simply connect a high-pressure hose on the faucet and use it to wash away all those sawflies that are damaging your crops. Power washers are great as well. You can borrow them if you do not have one. However, be careful when using power washers because if the water comes off to strong, you will risk damaging your plants as well.

Use insecticidal soap

Insecticidal soap is used to treat plants to ward off those unwanted insects. You can simply buy commercial insecticidal soap or make your own environmentally friendly homemade insecticidal soap.

If you opt to create your own insecticidal soap recipe, get about a gallon of water and pour into it about two to three tablespoons of mild liquid soap, a few teaspoons of canola oil and add some crushed garlic and hot pepper. Transfer this mixture into a spray bottle and use this with your plants.

For commercial insecticidal soap, you can just buy the one with the least chemicals and follow the instructions on how to use it.

Attract birds

Birds like hummingbirds and swallows feed on sawflies. You can put up feeders and sprinkle bird feeds around your lots to attract them. Once those birds land on your yard and they found those sawflies, they will most likely eat those unwanted insects, lessening your worries about sawflies.

Call for help

If the sawfly infestation has become too serious that you cannot handle it anymore, you can call the insect pest control group. Simply tell them about your complaints and ask for their professional help.

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