Garden Insect Pests
Like it or not, insects dominate the earth. Their numbers are in the
billions upon billions. Insects are found virtually everywhere on the planet.
The species number in the tens of thousands, or more. Fortunately for us
gardeners, any one area has a minute subset of these insect species.
If you are an organic gardener, you learn natural controls and a bit of
semi-peaceful co-existence. To those who can't stand bugs, and commercial
growers who depend on a good crop for a livelihood, there are effective chemical
controls for most common insect pests.
Did You Know? Some insects are beneficial and eat harmful insects.
Good examples are Preying Mantis and Ladybugs. Both of these insects both
love to munch on aphids.
Get the lowdown on:
Honey Bees and other Bees
Slugs and Snails
Soil Borne Insects
Squash Vine Borers
Insects and Pollination:
Before you go ahead with your plan to apply a general purpose insecticide
and annihilate the insect population in your garden, make sure you know what
you are doing. Insecticides do not discriminate. Most insecticides will eliminate
bees and beneficial insects, along with the ones are trying to eradicate.
Some are harmful to valuable garden earthworms. You could wipe out the bees
you need for proper pollination. Did you know that you many of the insects
you are eliminating, are also pollinators? If you wipe out the bees and you
wipe out the insects, pollination will be poor or non-existent.
We recommend the following steps to an effective insect control program,
while maximizing pollination:
Follow the directions on the label. Don't not apply moe frequently or heavier
Spray in the early morning or just before dark when the bees are not out.
Stop spraying a week or two prior to the pollination period, and while
pollination is at it's peak.
Did you Know? You can hand pollinate many plants. This increases fruit
and vegetable set ,when pollinators are at a minimum.
Learn about hand pollination.
Caution: Always, always follow safety directions on the label. And,
keep young children away during and after spraying.
Beneficial Insects and Animals:
While many people think every insect is a pest. There are many beneficial
insects in your garden , that consume harmful insects. We all know that a
ladybug brings good luck. To a gardener this is doubly true. Lady Bugs eat
aphids, and lots of 'em. There are many other beneficial bugs eating the
For more information, see:
Insects Identifies and describes insects which are good for your garden.
In addition, there are animals that help to keep down the insect population.
Among them are snakes, frogs and toads, and a variety of birds, most notably
the Purple Martin and bats!
Did you know? Some people create habitats for bats in a very successful
endeavor to keep down the insect population.
Organic Insect Control Why expose yourself and
your family to harmful chemicals in your own garden and yard?
Slug and Snails - not an insect, but certainly a
Did you know? There are more insects in the world than all other creatures
combined! There are literally trillions of them.