Those pesky bugs.

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Let’s face it, insects aren’t going away from your lawn or garden anytime soon. You might as well learn to live with them. For many of us this is seems to be a no win situation. But here me out, insects can and will help you. You just have to know which ones do and which ones don’t. What you want to do is too keep pests at bay with their natural enemies, such as spiders, wasps, parasitic flies etc. What you must never do is to ever spray a pesticide designed to kill everything, leave this as a last resort. This not only kills beneficial pests but can cause your garden to grow ‘super’ bugs. Let’s say you have five pests, and one pest is resistant to the pesticide. So you spray and you get 4 out of 5, not bad odds eh? Well by leaving that one bug alive to breed again it passes on its resistant genes to their offspring. Let’s say you spray the offspring again, this time leaving the resistant strain. Do you see where this is going? Eventually you will have a very pesticide resistant strain of pests that will decimate your garden.

Another thing with your battle against pest is you can also go out and either find predators in your area or buy them on the internet. Lady bugs are perfect for the purpose of aphid infestations. Caterpillars have natural enemies in parasitic wasps (they are tiny though and will never sting you). Parasitic flies feast on many different prey insects. You just have to do your research and not kill them. The easiest insects that are beneficial to id on a daily basis are the assassin bugs, praying mantis, lady bugs. But also spiders will be very beneficial to your garden, if you are afraid of black widows or brown recluses just are able to identify them. Red hourglass on the widows are distinctive and there is a brown violin shape on the recluses that should tip you off to their prescience.

It is my hope that one day humans will learn to utilize their natural partners in learning how to control pests.


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