7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

7 Beneficial Insects for Garden Pest Control

Organic Pest & Disease Control
This beautiful infographic was provided by Organic Lesson. Be sure to visit and like him on facebook @OrganicLesson :) Handling pests is one of many battles that gardeners have to face on a day-to-day basis. Having a few garden pests does not hurt but if you let the population grow out of control then that may lead to all sorts of damage to your precious plants. One natural method that can help prevent a pest outbreak is by introducing beneficial insects. This is the act of introducing insect predators that prey on the garden pests. Some of these insects, such as spiders and praying mantis, you may have already heard of. In the following infographic, you can learn about seven insects that can help control the population of common garden…
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Benefit and Value of Insects in the Organic Food Garden

Benefit and Value of Insects in the Organic Food Garden

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better. This is a serious mistake. Over-use of pesticides has a number of adverse effects: It makes your food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time. It makes handling the plants more dangerous; beneficial insects, earthworms, birds, even pets may be harmed or killed along with the "bad guys;" each time the gardener sprays, she or he is exposed to the dangers of inhalation or absorption of the toxin; pesticides used near water may contaminate the water supply. Continuous use of certain pesticides may induce resistance in the pests, thus requiring the gardener to switch to more…
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Beneficial Insects-Who are the Good Guys?

Beneficial Insects-Who are the Good Guys?

Organic Pest & Disease Control
Most people think only of pests when they think of insects. But, the beneficial insects found in gardens do not feed on or harm plants. The typical backyard contains hundreds of species of insects, yet only a fraction can even be observed because many are microscopic and/or hidden below ground or within plant tissue. Most are just "passing through" or have very innocuous habits. Others actually feed on and destroy pest species, while others help decompose plant and animal matter, or act as plant pollinators. Beneficial insects can be categorized broadly as either predators or parasites. During development in both adult and immature stages, predators actively search out and consume their prey, while insect parasites develop in or on a single host from eggs or larvae deposited by the adult.…
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Using Beneficial Insects

Organic Pest & Disease Control
The "Do-Good" Bugs A guide to choosing and using beneficial insects, mites and nematodes. Insects are the most successful living organisms on the Earth. That's just one reason it makes good sense to balance one against the other, rather than trying to kill pests with poisons. It is also true that in nature there are no good or bad bugs. All are trying to make a living in the way nature programmed them. But from a gardener's perspective, some insects help and some don't. It's smart to learn about and exploit insect behaviors. In this article you'll learn how to wisely purchase and use beneficial insects. Using insects to control other insects has a long history. Ancient Chinese records describe the construction of bamboo runways to help predatory ants move…
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