insects in a garden - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by redog2006200
June 10, 2010
how to get rid of insects in a garden

Answer from NGA
June 10, 2010


Insects are important pollinators so you don't want to completely rid your garden of insects. If you do, the flowers won't be pollinated and you won't get any tomatoes, peppers, etc. If some insects are being destructive you can target those insects with a specific insecticide. For instance, caterpillars can eat holes in leaves or completely eat the leaves. Hand pick them or use a botanical such as Dipel or Thuricide. Beetles can also cause problems. A good general purpose insecticide for them is Rotenone. Since you'll be consuming the vegetables you'll want to be careful what you apply to them so stick with organic products (you'll find many on the shelves in the organic section of your local garden center). As with all pesticides, be sure to apply according to label directions.

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