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Good bugs vs. bad bugs Yard Talk: dirt simple tips for natural yard care
Episode 13: "good bugs vs. bad bugs"
Greg and Doug enjoying the wide variety of pollinator attracting plants at the Kruckeberg Botanical Garden.
This bumblebee is loading up on pollen from a ceanothus bloom.
Although many slugs are garden pests, this native banana slug is a helpful addition to the garden. Know your pest before you control.
False Solomon's seal is a lovely pollinator attracting plant for gardens.
Synopsis: The most misunderstood residents of our yards are often poisoned, squished, or electrocuted. Many creepy crawlies pollinate our fruit or turn leaves into compost, and we can’t live without them. A healthy landscape should be full of insects, with the good bugs keeping the destructive pests in balance.
Encouraging bugs in balance
Avoid using insecticides. These kill the good bugs along with the bad and the bad populations rebound faster than the predators.
Avoid using electric bug zappers. They primarily kill beneficial insects.
Most beneficial insects need pollen and nectar at some point in their life cycle. Plant lots of flowering plants.