Since applying bokashi tea to the lawn, I’ve noticed a decrease in certain types of insects.
In the summer we often get swarms of little gnats. The annoying gnats would fly around in swarms that seemed like 100 or so gnats (it might have only been 50, but it seemed like more). If you weren’t paying attention to where you were walking you’d walk right into the swarm.
We’ve noticed that since we started using bokashi tea, we don’t get gnat swarms. We did notice one swarm over the weekend, but it was located above an area at the perimeter of the lawn that was not sprayed with bokashi tea.
Whether this is coincidental or not, I like the fact that we haven’t been plagued with gnat swarms. It may be too early in the summer to tell, but there seem to be fewer annoying insects this year than last. Don’t get me wrong; we still get our share of insects, but considering we haven’t used pesticides on our lawn this year, the insect reduction is encouraging.
Here’s an interesting article that I came across. The article is spread out over 8 pages, but page #6 succinctly discusses healthy plants, soil and the absence of insects. I believe the bokashi tea is slowly improving my soil quality, which in turn helps to get rid of unwanted insects.