HERE IS A LITTLE OF MY 2CENTS ON HANDLLING PESTS.
- A lot of insect issues in the garden can be helped by learning the art of companion planting and rotating your crops. It won't solve the problem 100% or maybe it will, but it is worth investigating. I have been growing Borage, Nasturtium, and various herbs to counteract some of the damage to my vegetable garden. This worked really well until it came to grasshoppers which are another nuisance you have to worry about in your garden.
- If you want to get rid of my nemesis the grasshopper here is what I suggest. Pretty much I had my kids and a couple neighborhood kids catch all they could and do what kids do best to bugs. Squish them to their hearts content! I loved the movie ANTs and Ant Bully, and even BUGS by Disney. I am not suggesting animal cruelty but I am all for natural insecticide. School age kids with buckets of hoppers and chewers and borers is a good thing. They are learning about how to wage war on a tomatos enemy.
- What is more natural than this method for most pesky bugs in the garden? If your issue is not the grasshopper, and is something like an Aphid or cabbage worm you may want to try your very own natural insecticide soap made up of simple products most people have on hand. This includes a quart or so of water with a tablespoon or two of liquid soap (dish liquid). You can strengthen the solution for surlier bugs and add a tablespoon or two of rubbing alcohol. There are several websites that give exact recipes and "bonus" information.
- Another option I use and highly recommend is purchasing helpful insects for your garden. Aphids a problem? Pick up a bag of ladybugs from your local nursery or order online. You can also purchase preying mantis eggs (aka Mantid Eggs) These voracious eaters will consume pretty much any and all bugs even their own kind if they can get their leg/arm thingies on. I will buy these again this year, however my daughter has seen a couple from last year who are still sticking around. Go Mantids Go!!!!