A Guide on Common Pests and the Tools Needed to Prevent Them

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Marijuana has plenty of natural  enemies .It does not matter whether  you grow them indoors or outdoors, The presence of these pests start as a  minor setback  and slowly grow into  a big problem. Listed below are common pests to look out for.

Deer– This  herbivore is commonly found throughout the world .This  shy creature has a diet which consists of fruits, grass, leaves. Growers often find them munching on Cannabis seeds.

Rabbits, Rats, and other small mammals   –  These small mammals may appear cute and harmless but they are a serious threat to your plants .They have been plaguing farmers for  many years, they damage  vegetable plantations ,shrubs and young plants.  Its best  to take action as soon as possible since these animals reproduce quickly and  could destroy your entire plantation.

Cats and Dogs–  Face it, even our beloved pets can destroy the plantation. Cats and dogs generally do not consume Marijuana,  as it is not part of their diet. These pets often grow curious and may scratch or chew on one’s  Cannabis plantation. Saving your plantation from them is easy enough .Just make sure to keep your animals away from the area, always keep the windows and  doors  closed.

Bird – Birds are known for eating Cannabis seeds  and seedlings. Although birds pose a threat to young plants , they are helpful to mature plants, birds serve as a natural predator to the insects which infest the plants. If you see birds on your plantation, scare them away by making loud noises.

In order to get rid of  these pesky mammals you have two options. The  first would be to surround your plants with chicken wire ( about 3 feet tall). This method is expensive and  is seldom used by growers. The next method would be to use repellants. There are 2 kinds of repellants; the first type is contact repellant.  Contact repellant means that you directly  spray the solution on the plant itself,  a downside to this is that the solution would stick to the plant and leave an unpleasant smell. The second type is the area repellant; you spray the solution   to the area surrounding your plant. This is more favored by growers since the repellant does not stick directly to the plant. You can buy pre-mixed repellants or you can make your own organic solution.  Remember to regularly rotate the kind of repellant you use to prevent these pests from developing repellant tolerance.

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