Nobody likes to watch insects eat away at all the hard work they put into their garden. But a balanced garden will always have it’s share of insects. As long as there are more beneficial insects to control the non-beneficial insects, the balance is good. If you find insect damage in your gardens or flowerbeds, the first step toward controlling the problem is to identify the offending pest. The course of action you take will depend on the type of insect you have. Folks will come into the store saying that something is eating their whatever and what do they need to spray? We have products to kill almost everything, but in a garden, it’s important to know what your dealing with before you start spraying everything. When you start treating your garden for a bug, you will kill everything, including both beneficial and non-beneficial insects. Once that balance is disturbed (in most cases) the treatment will need to be continued until harvest. A garden without natural predators means a world of insects gone wild. There’s nothing left to keep pest levels in check.
The first step before you go to war with a bug, is identification of the enemy. For those of us that don’t have a degree in entomology, the search for what is or is not a good bug can be exhausting. There are hundreds of books on this subject or you can click here for help identifying the pests. For natural insect control, try our beneficial nematodes. They cover up to a quarter acre per container and run about $25.