We are at war!
For some reason, we experienced our worst ever “Higad Attack” since last week. At first, it was just about 4-5 higads a day. Yesterday afternoon, we were able to collect about two dozens in the span of six hours, not in our garden but inside our house!
What’s a higad? Higad is the caterpillar of the tussock moth. It is brown, hairy and if attacked, can cause an allergic reaction. If you are attacked or bitten by one, you can check these remedies from Dr. Abercio Rotor and The Cure Library.
In search of an organic killer to these itchy pests, we called up two possible Higad-busters: Gil Carandang of Herbana Farms and Vic Cabral of PhilNature.
Gil gave us two options. One, he advised us to use Neemplus, Herbana’s own natural insecticide/pesticide made from neem. Two, simply ignore the higads since they will eventually complete their cycle and fly away soon. Oo nga naman, why not just let them be? The thing is, if they were in our garden and are not causing any harm to our plants, we won’t even touch them anymore. Unfortunately, they are hibernating inside our house and they are increasing in number every day.
Vic advised us to use their BioNim, an organic pesticide made of neem and other natural extracts. About 20-30 ml of BioNim is mixed with a liter of fresh, non-chlorinated water. If you’re not sure if your water is non-chlorinated, you can fill up a pail with your tap water and let it stand for 24 hours before mixing it with BioNim. Why? Chlorine kills the good bacteria in BioNim thus rendering it useless and/or ineffective as pesticide or for anything at that.
Neemplus and BioNim are made from natural ingredients with neem as the main active ingredient. Both seem effective but the only product we have right now is BioNim. We will keep you posted what happens next.
Are you experiencing a “Higad Attack” in your home and/or garden too? If yes, please share with us your higad story/remedy.