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Managing Pests

Japanese Beetle with Winsome Fly Eggs on its Back

Quick Tips:

  • Know your enemy. Ninety-eight percent of all insects are benign or beneficial. Spiders, ground beetles and lady beetles to name a few. They can help fight your pest battles. Learn to recognize and protect them. Maybe even buy them! Beneficial Insects & Spiders
  • Think before you spray. Identify your pest without a doubt. Realize a few pests are okay—plants can withstand some damage.
  • Use non-chemical controls first. Try handpicking weeds, flushing insects with water and fighting bugs with bugs.
  • Spot treat. Use pesticides only when pests increase beyond acceptable levels, then spot treat only.
  • Go native. Select plants that bugs don't like. Try native plants, they're survivors. Native or non-navtive, pick plants that are suited to your region and soil condition.
  • Mind your soil. Keep your soil rich and fertile, with a proper pH.
  • Rotate. Rotate plants to disrupt the life cycle of pests.
  • Get a headstart. Plant and harvest vegetables early. This will keep the plants strong and avoid peak insect activity. Also, most vegetable plants need lots of sun and water to help control pest problems.